Following the news being broken by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski of the Los Angeles Lakers’ revised trade offer for the New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis, it appears trade discussions have begun to break down on Tuesday (all times AEST).
The deal tabled by Lakers GM Magic Johnson is set to include young stars Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball.
The updated offer also includes two first-round draft picks, while the Lakers are also willing to absorb Solomon Hill’s massive $US12.7 million contract.
The proposal comes after it was revealed on Tuesday morning Davis reportedly presented the Pelicans with a list of four teams he would sign a long-term deal with once he hits free agency in 2020, per Shams Charania of The Athletic:
Anthony Davis’ representatives have informed the Pelicans that he would sign long-term with the Lakers, Knicks, Bucks and Clippers if he is traded, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 4, 2019
However, Fletcher Mackel of WDSU NBC New Orleans reports that New Orleans General manager Dell Demps is not interested in accepting the Lakers’ offer, with whispers coming from within the organisation that the Pelicans believe they can make a move for Boston's Jayson Tatum in the summer:
Right now Dell Demps (and Danny Ferry, who’s very much involved in all aspects of Anthony Davis trade situation) are NOT taking Lakers offer @BA_Turner first reported.
Some in Pels organization want LA deal.
I’m told NOLA believes it can get Tatum this summer. pic.twitter.com/JkFD4sMyBD
— Fletcher Mackel (@FletcherWDSU) February 4, 2019
Where the star centre will end up by Friday's deadline is anyone's guess at this stage.
The Lakers travel to Indiana to face the Pacers on Wednesday, with LeBron James’ status listed as probable to play.