Lakers Pull Out Of Anthony Davis Trade Talks Amid ‘Outrageous’ Requests

Lakers Pull Out Of Anthony Davis Trade Talks Amid ‘Outrageous’ Requests

Prior to the Lakers' matchup with the Pacers on Tuesday, (7 p.m. ET - Watch on FuboTV with NBA League Pass add-on), James was asked about the potential addition of Davis and had a pretty politically correct response for media members. Per the report, Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson felt the team had made the "best offer that the Pelicans wanted" and did not want to add anything else.

The Pelicans and Lakers have engaged in trade talks for Davis, and Los Angeles made a harder push on Monday by offering six players and two first-round picks, according to the Los Angeles Times. Despite what the Lakers have offered, the Pelicans remain "curious" that the Celtics may include Jayson Tatum in an offer this summer. Davis's father, Anthony Davis Sr., has also come out and said that he doesn't want his son playing for the Celtics.

But none of that appears to have convinced the Pelicans brass to a point where they feel compelled to send Davis to his Malibu abode, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

"I haven't been through anything like this", Gentry said of Davis' trade demand.

If Davis isn't dealt before the February 7 deadline, the Pelicans could allow him to return and finish the season with the team.

In Davis' case, he'll make $27,093,019 next season, which is the number Boston will have to pay him if they acquire him after July 1st. The Clippers would also need to take on some sort of cap relief from the Pelicans, likely in the form of Solomon Hill, who has reportedly been involved in conversations between themselves and the Lakers. In the latest offer, Ball was included along with almost half of the Lakers' roster and draft picks.

What's more, there's a small possibility that the Knicks could win the draft lottery and become viable candidates for a trade. With the NBA Trade Deadline less than 48 hours away, the organization seemed to be getting desperate with their pursuit of Davis. Several rival GMs believe that New Orleans could use the Lakers' final offer at the deadline as the baseline for offers in the offseason. Zion Williamson is the unanimous first pick and has been for months, and he has the makings of a franchise player who would bring tremendous energy wherever he goes.

Davis, 25, was eligible to sign a five-year, $239 million contract with the Pelicans before deciding he wanted to be traded.

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