Insider: Pelicans coach Gentry likes Lakers’ young players

Coach Alvin Gentry and star Anthony Davis led the Pelicans to a first-round upset of the Blazers last season.

If the Los Angeles Lakers are hoping to trade for Anthony Davis this summer they’ll be happy to know New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry would be open to the idea, according to Chris Broussard of FOX Sports.

During the season, the Lakers made a run at Davis, who reportedly wants to play in LA alongside Lakers star LeBron James. The Lakers’ offer was said to include the majority of players in their young core — from Lonzo Ball to Kyle Kuzma to Brandon Ingram to Josh Hart.

That idea appeals to Gentry, Broussard said, as the Pelicans also have the No. 1 pick. Unless they pull the draft’s all-time shocker, they will select Duke’s Zion Williamson.

“Alvin Gentry likes the Lakers players,” Broussard said on The Herd with Collin Cowherd. “He loves the idea of Lonzo Ball, Jrue Holiday, Zion, Kyle Kuzma and Brandon Ingram offensively and defensively.”

Davis requested a trade in January and at the time, the Pelicans seemed to want to have little to do with the Lakers. But that was when Dell Demps was doing the negotiating as New Orleans’ general manager. Now, the head of basketball operations is David Griffin.

He has a history with Rich Paul — the agent for both Davis and James — as Griffin negotiated with Paul on numerous occasions when Griffin was the GM of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Can a deal be reached now? Well, maybe, if Gentry has any say.

Then again, the Lakers won’t be the only ones pursuing Davis. The Boston Celtics, New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets are also expected to make an aggressive run.

Along with that, Griffin will soon meet with Davis and try to convince him to stay.

Davis is 6-foot-10 and a regular All-Star and an occasional candidate for league MVP. He can become an unrestricted free agent in July 2020. The Pelicans are the only team that can offer him a supermax contract extension.

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