Published: Wed, February 06, 2019
Sports | By Angie Alvarado

Lakers end Anthony Davis talks over Pelicans' demands

Lakers end Anthony Davis talks over Pelicans' demands

It wouldn't be hard to make the case that this compilation of young talent may have a better chance into developing into something special than the young pieces the Lakers would send back.

The announcement triggered a series of speculation linking Davis to a number of National Basketball Association teams, with Boston Celtics and LA Lakers among the favourites for the signature.

Acquiring the former first overall pick would have come at a lofty price, which is evident by the ongoing trade talks between the Pelicans and the Lakers.

The New Orleans Pelicans' front office wouldn't allow Anthony Davis to return from injury versus the Indiana Pacers on Monday night despite the star forward being medically cleared to play, sources told Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes.

Portland is expected to make Harkless available, according to sources, as well as the team's first-round pick. Irving, 26, previously said he planned to re-sign with the Celtics in the summer but has recently wavered in public on that promise.

Absent from the new list are the Boston Celtics, league sources said. The Athletic's Shams Charania reported Ball would want to be moved to a third team that "doesn't have an established point guard" if he were to be included in a potential Davis deal. On the list of four teams, that's probably the best deal that anyone is going to offer.

The Celtics could have as many as four first-round draft picks in June, and are guaranteed to have two - their own, and the one belonging to the Sacramento Kings.

The Pelicans declined that offer, as they were looking for even more in a deal.

The Pelicans' demands have reportedly gotten way too high for the Lakers. Does Davis think the Pelicans should accept L.A.'s proposal?

"I would never want my son to play for Boston after what they done to Isaiah Thomas", Davis wrote to Shelburne. The Lakers actually putting that offer on the table, or the Pelicans rejecting it? Several rival GMs believe that New Orleans could use the Lakers' final offer at the deadline as the baseline for offers in the offseason.

Davis has two years left on his contract, although he does hold a player option for the 2020-21 season. Davis informed the Pelicans that he wouldn't sign a five-year, $239 million supermax contract this summer or next.

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