That’s according to WDSU’s Fletcher Mackel, who spoke to a league source which suggested the Lakers will have to give up a ton to get Davis.
Time is running out for the Lakers to strike a deal before the February 7 deadline.
Their first offer including Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Rajon Rondo, Michael Beasley and a first-round pick reportedly didn’t go down well with the Pelicans.
But reports over the weekend suggested the Pelicans are ready to counter the Lakers’ offer in the coming days.
New Orleans have repeatedly said they don’t want to let Davis leave this season, leading to the suggestion Davis will more likely be moved in the offseason.
That is what the Boston Celtics will be hoping for as they can’t make a trade offer now due to the ‘Rose Rule’.
The Lakers were frustrated in their efforts to trade for Kawhi Leonard last summer with the San Antonion Spurs refusing to do business with their Western Conference rivals.
And Gregg Popovich reportedly reached out to the Pelicans to advise them against caving to any pressure from the Lakers to strike a deal now.
But Mackel reports the Pelicans are “very willing” to trading with the Lakers.
However, he adds that New Orleans will not accept any cut price deal for the five-time All-Star.
“He’s hearing NOLA very willing to trade w/Lakers, but adds LA will have to ‘pay through the nose to get him (Davis)’,” Mackel quoted his source as saying.
“I think Pels perfectly content to be patient, wait till offers this summer unless blown away.”
The rumours linking Davis with a move to the Lakers started rolling earlier this season when he joined forces with LeBron James’ agent, Rich Paul.
It was Paul who made Davis’ trade request public knowledge last week, forcing the Pelicans to make a difficult decision over their franchise star.
It remains to be seen whether they will strike a deal with the Lakers – or another franchise for that matter – before the trade deadline.