‘No way’ will Pelicans trade Davis to Lakers, per report

Pelicans star Anthony Davis requested a trade in January but remains with the team ... for now.

A Los Angeles Lakers trade for New Orleans Pelicans star big man Anthony Davis is unlikely this summer, according to Marc Spears of ESPN.

“I have been told that there’s no way Anthony Davis is coming here, through the Pelicans,” Spears said on ESPN (via NBC Sports). They’re just not going to do it.”

The Lakers tried to complete a deal for Davis ahead of the trade deadline in early February, reportedly offering their young core of Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and several others, as well as multiple first-round picks. But the Pelicans rebuffed the offers, opting instead to try again to trade Davis during the summer.

Davis requested a trade in January. He is eligible for free agency in July 2020. His agent, Rich Paul, also represents Lakers star LeBron James, and it is believed Paul leaked the parameters of the proposed trade to the media.

ESPN personality Michael Wilbon, on the set with Spears, said he had heard similar news about the Lakers and Davis.

According to a report from Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report, Lakers owner Jeanie Buss contemplated trading James after being upset by Paul communicating with the media.

James has been to the Finals eight straight times but is in danger of missing the playoffs entirely in his first season with the Lakers.

The Pelicans fired general manager Dell Demps in February and have started their search for a replacement. Former Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks GM Danny Ferry is filling the role on an interim basis.