Published: Wed, February 06, 2019
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Why The Lakers Have Reportedly Pulled Out Of Anthony Davis Trade Talks

Why The Lakers Have Reportedly Pulled Out Of Anthony Davis Trade Talks

Although Davis would have been exactly the type of player the Heat have been looking for, one who could bring them back to contention, it looks as if they won't be able to acquire him anytime soon.

LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts in front of Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans after a 112-104 Laker win at Staples Center on December 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

It was reported earlier that Pelicans counter-offered Lakers for their "lowball" approach for Davis, after which the Lakers increased their offer. Lakers willing to give Pelicans cap relief for Anthony Davis by taking Solomon Hill for Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Ingram, Rondo, Lance Stephenson, Beasley, 2 1st round picks. New Orleans has a lot to gain from waiting to trade Davis. Although the Celtics can't be sure about Irving's forthcoming decision in July, they remain confident that he'll choose to stay in Boston, sources said.

When you look at the Celtics, it's hard to imagine a team this talented needing to make a trade, but when a player like Davis is available, you do what's necessary to get him.

As for picks, the Celtics have their own, the Sacramento Kings' first-round selection, the Los Angeles Clippers' first-round pick, and a very intriguing future first-round pick from the Memphis Grizzlies.

However, the Times, citing a person with knowledge of the negotiations, reported Tuesday that the Lakers had now ended discussions after growing increasingly frustrated with the Pelicans. They reportedly want six-to-eight draft picks for Davis. You give a list of four teams, each of them plausible as a possible destination that Davis might consider, but none (other than the Lakers) having the assets needed to make a deal happen.

What's more, there's a small possibility that the Knicks could win the draft lottery and become viable candidates for a trade. There's a real possibility that the Pelicans and Davis could agree on a limited playing schedule post-trade deadline, but that's undetermined.

A total of four picks - who can offer that?

Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times is reporting that Los Angeles is considering New Orleans' demands "outrageous". Davis will garner a super-max contract upward of $240 million whenever he lands.

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