Lakers pull out of Davis trade talks

Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis

A total of four picks - who can offer that?

The Pelicans want to be compensated - perhaps even overcompensated - for bypassing the chance to open up the process in the offseason and delivering Davis to the Lakers now.

That includes the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers, according to a report by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Lakers and Pelicans have been engaged in trade talks since Davis - through his representation - made his desire to be traded - and specifically to be traded to the Lakers - known last week.

Bringing Davis to the Lakers to play alongside James would give the team another major two-man combination in their history of success with such duos as Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson and Wilt Chamberlain and Jerry West. On Monday, per multiple reports, an extended list of teams Davis would be willing to re-sign with emerged. Other questions will remain for New Orleans' group, like how much of a tank can the Pelicans endure, how many games Davis plays the rest of the season and whether they make other deals to collect assets before the deadline. The Celtics also believe that a deal for Davis will help solidify his confidence in re-signing with the organization, sources said.

But with the Pelicans' exorbitant asking price, Davis may not be going anywhere.

"They wanted more and more and more", the Times quoted a source as saying.

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At least for now, Davis will have to wait for a trade from New Orleans. But a deal sending Davis to the Laker remains far from imminent. The league's landscape is certainly feeling the tremors of the campaign by Paul and Davis.

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.

The all-out blitz Klutch Sports has enacted this week on the New Orleans Pelicans and Boston Celtics is awe-inspiring, to be quite honest.

The Lakers were also willing to also send two first-round draft picks, they said.

The general consensus a month ago was that this trade deadline would be quiet.

Thomas was dealt to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the summer of 2017 as part of the Kyrie Irving trade after incurring a hip injury during the previous spring's playoffs and not missing any time following the death of his sister in a vehicle accident.

"The Pelicans aren't countering their offers yet", he said.

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