Anthony Davis still not interested in long-term deal with Celtics


After days of negotiating with the Pelicans about acquiring superstar Anthony Davis, the Lakers have reportedly pulled out of trade discussions, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The Lakers last offer came Monday night and it included Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and Ivica Zubac to the Pelicans, as well as veteran guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, according to LA Times.

That is a rather large haul for the Pelicans, who probably feel like that same deal will be available to them this summer.

Had the Lakers agreed to increase their offer, they would have essentially been trading two rosters for Davis; the one they have now and a future roster, given all of the draft picks that were asked for.

"Pels want to be compensated - perhaps even overcompensated - to even consider a deal with LA now", Wojnarowski reported.

The note was to the Pelicans, but it was actually to the rest of the National Basketball Association, and sent a clear message: If you're not one of those teams, don't bother offering the Pelicans a trade, because Davis is not going to stick around if you do. And until any of the other teams on Davis' list submit a trade offer, that will remain unclear.

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Davis' agent, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, seems to have made some inroads into tightening the trade market on the Pelicans, limiting what some rivals might be willing to offer based on the fear of losing Davis as a rental in 2020 free agency. When the Pelicans were reportedly underwhelmed, the Lakers beefed up the deal Monday. "But the more they wanted the more it because outrageous and unrealistic".

"We all know this is a business - it is a business - you go out and you prepare as a professional", James said.

Landed in Indy; update on Lakers-Pelicans talks.

How much of a splash the Blazers could make likely will depend on their willingness to include second-year forward Zach Collins in a deal. That means the entire young core was put in an offer along with draft picks. The Pelicans need to wait until they can get a player with that clear All-NBA ceiling before pulling the trigger. 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 informed the Pelicans that he wouldn't sign a five-year, $239 million supermax contract this summer.