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The New Orleans Pelicans are not yet interested in any of Los Angeles Lakers’ trade offers for Anthony Davis, according to veteran ESPN reporter Brian Windhorst.
“From what I know, from sources have told me, the Pelicans are not interested,” Windhorst said on his podcast. “They’re not interested in any of it. … They don’t like the Lakers’ offer.”
Davis requested a trade last weekend. While the All-Star big man said he has not given the Pelicans a list of preferred destinations, it is widely believed he’s angling for a trade to LA.
The Lakers have already proposed five different trade packages for Davis, according to a Los Angeles Times report. One offer was said to consist of point guard Lonzo Ball, forward Kyle Kuzma, swingman Brandon Ingram, center Ivica Zubac and the Lakers’ 2019 first-round draft pick.
Other Laker proposals, per multiple reports, have included point guard Rajon Rondo, wing Lance Stephenson and forward Michael Beasley.
But according to Windhorst, the Pelicans are not exactly enamored with the Lakers’ young and still unproven core.
Along with that, several league sources indicated the Pelicans may take less than might be expected for Davis — and seem to seeking an older veteran and a young player, as well as multiple first-round picks.
This may open the door for a playoff team to acquire a second first-rounder, then trade for Davis as a rental in an attempt to make two deep playoff runs (this season and next). Davis is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent in July 2020.
Meanwhile, the Pelicans have repeatedly stressed they may not even trade Davis before Thursday’s deadline.
“They know the same offer (from the Lakers) will be there in six days, so no need to make a deal now,” John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports reported.
He added the Pelicans intend to “see what other offers come in before deciding what they will do, if anything.”
Davis is averaging 29.3 points, 13.3 rebounds and 2.6 blocked shots
As the NBA trade deadline approaches on Thursday, Lakers have yet to offer multiple first-round picks in any deal, or salary cap relief, league sources tell ESPN. Lakers offering several different deal ideas, but none serious enough for a Pelicans counter yet, sources said. https://t.co/6H9ynauljJ
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 2, 2019