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Trade talks between the Los Angeles Lakers and New Orleans Pelicans are expected to resume on Anthony Davis ahead of Thursday’s trade deadline, according to a Los Angeles Times report.
So far, the Pelicans are reportedly not interested in any of the Lakers’ multiple trade scenarios. The Pelicans have not proposed a counter offer. The Lakers intend to call back, anyway.
“The Lakers sent five offers to the Pelicans on Wednesday. One of the options offered Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Ivica Zubac and a first-round pick,” the LA Times reported. “The Pelicans have not responded to the Lakers’ initial offers.”
While all the buzz has been about a Lakers-Pelicans trade, multiple sources have said the Pelicans are at least as equally engaged with several other teams. They heave repeatedly made it clear they may not even trade Davis until the offseason.
The 6-foot-10 forward met with the media Friday and said he has not given the Pelicans a timetable or preferred destination. He said he will finish out the season with the Pelicans, if not traded, when he returns from a finger injury.
In other words, Davis has no plans to sit out and sulk if not dealt. He has been cheering on teammates from the sidelines and in huddles during games.
The Milwaukee Bucks and several others are also said to be in pursuit. Some contenders may want to acquire Davis before the deadline to make a couple of major playoff pushes (this season and next) before he can walk in free agency in the summer of 2020.
The Pelicans aren’t necessarily seeking the haul offered by the Lakers in return for Davis, and may just want a veteran, a young player and some first-round picks.
Davis is averaging 29.3 points, 13.3 rebounds and 2.6 blocked shots.