Pelicans Want to Keep Anthony Davis Past Trade Deadline

Pelicans Want to Keep Anthony Davis Past Trade Deadline

Pelicans Want to Keep Anthony Davis Past Trade Deadline

Anthony Davis informed the New Orleans Pelicans that he would be willing to sign long-term with the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks and Milwaukee Bucks, reports The Athletic's Shams Charania.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Lakers have made their first offer to the Pelicans for Anthony Davis as they try to get a jump on the trade deadline next week.

They are rumored to have already presented the Pelicans with a massive offer of Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Rajon Rondo, Michael Beasley, Lance Stephenson, and two first-round picks, but it appears that the Pelicans are still hoping to get more.

Davis deemed the deal worthy of a double tap on instagram, but apparently it wasn't enough for the Pels. And after saying he'd only consider a long-term deal with the Los Angeles Lakers last week, Davis has added three more teams to his preferred list, including the Bucks. They reportedly want six-to-eight draft picks for Davis. Things have hit a breaking point, for now, as the Lakers have reportedly pulled out of the Davis trade sweepstakes, for now.

The NBA trade deadline is set for 3pm et on Thursday. Terry Rozier wouldn't be available for them to offer since he's a free agent after the season, and I'm not sure how interested the team would be in a soon-to-be free agent Hayward.

The Lakers essentially feel they're owed Davis, but New Orleans isn't buying that notion. They had cap-relief with Hill being in the deal.

Nevertheless, the Lakers will still be in the market for a player like Davis when the summer comes around. The Suns have reached out to the Lakers and Pelicans and made clear their interest in joining the trade as a third team, according to a person familiar with their conversations who was not authorized to speak publicly.

The Celtics have refused to directly dangle Jayson Tatum, two sources familiar with the situation told SI.com, but the Pelicans have been left with the impression that if Davis remains on the roster past Thursday, nothing is off the table.

Honestly, it would make sense for the Pelicans to wait.

Whether Davis will play another game for the Pelicans is a question that Gentry couldn't answer.

As such, it's no surprise New Orleans is demanding such high compensation - four first-round National Basketball Association draft picks and multiple second-round picks, per Wojnarowski - for their generational star.

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