As first reported by the Los Angeles Times’ Brad Turner, the Lakers have pulled out of trade talks for New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis. Magic Johnson pulled the plug on a potential trade amid the Pelicans’ “outrageous” trade requests.
It has been reported that the Pelicans were demanding that the Lakers include their entire young core of Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart, and Ivica Zubac, in the trade. As well as, 6 to 8 draft picks. In addition, the Pelicans wanted to send Solomon Hill’s unwanted contract to Los Angeles. Hill is due to make $12.7 million next season.
“Magic Johnson, the Lakers president of basketball operations, told New Orleans general manager Dell Demps Tuesday morning that Los Angeles had made its best offer that the Pelicans had wanted, but that the Lakers were not willing to add anything else and would be moving on, a person said.”
“They wanted more and more and more,” said one person. “There was no more to give. They had cap-relief with Hill being in the deal. But the more they wanted the more it because outrageous and unrealistic.”
It appears that the Anthony Davis saga will roll over to the summer, where the Boston Celtics can get involved in trade discussions. However, it is expected that the Lakers will not be willing to match or offer more than they have done in the past few days.
One thing is for sure, we have not heard the end of Anthony Davis. See you in the summer, AD.
UPDATE (05/02): Since, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN has added some information on the AD trade discussions:
UPDATE (06/02): There are murmurings that Phoenix may be offering assets in order to become a third team in a trade between the Lakers and Pelicans. It appears that the Suns desire to land Lonzo Ball, to become their starting point guard.
A joint report by the Los Angeles Times’ Tania Ganguli and Brad Turner on the 4th February did suggest this:
“Among the Ball camp’s preferred destinations, Phoenix reciprocates the interest. 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.”
Could this be an old story re-circulating? We’ll have to wait and see. Buckle up, the trade deadline is fast approaching (Thursday 7th February, 8pm UK time).
UPDATE (06/02): Adrian Wojnarowski claims that the Pelicans are yet to respond to the Lakers’ recent trade proposal.
UPDATE (07/02): Marc Stein from the New York Times weighs in on the situation. Stein implies that the Knicks are on an “equal footing” with the Lakers in terms of teams that Anthony Davis wants to sign for. Additionally, Stein had some important information regarding Davis’ free-agency intentions in 2020.
UPDATE (07/02): Lakers “running low on hope” that a Davis deal gets done before deadline, via Adrian Wojnarowski.
UPDATE (07/02): Adrian Wojnarowski, again, reports that with 3 hours to go until the trade deadline, talks between the Lakers and Pelicans are “dormant”.
UPDATE (07/02): The trade deadline has officially passed. The Anthony Davis saga rolls over to the summer.
By Matt Evans (@mattyyyevans)