Anthony Davis trade deal to be REJECTED – Big NBA trade claim made by pundit | Other | Sport


That is the view of NBA pundit Tas Melas, who argued that the Pelicans should hear what the Boston Celtics have to offer first.

Davis requested a trade away from the franchise last week, as he looks to secure a move before Thursday’s trade deadline.

The Lakers have submitted multiple bids for the superstar, but none of these were deemed acceptable by the Pelicans.

But on Monday, the Lakers submitted a trade offer that has been referred to as ‘the godfather offer’.

The latest offer includes Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Lance Stephenson, Rajon Rondo, Michael Beasley and two first-round draft picks.

The Lakers in return would get Davis as well as Solomon Hill, who would act as salary cap relief for the Pelicans.

The Pelicans were originally expected to wait until the summer to hear what the Boston Celtics had to offer.

But on Monday, Davis told the Pelicans he did not wish to sign for the Celtics, so they are unlikely to make a worthwhile move.

Melas explained on The Starters podcast that the Pelicans should still not rush into the trade.

“They should wait,” he said.

“That trade will be there in the summer.

“There’s no plan B for the Lakers to go out and get another superstar.

“Anthony Davis IS their plan.

“And the Pelicans should wait to hear what the Boston Celtics have to offer in the summer.

“Also, I’m not totally pumped on this offer, it’s about quality, not quantity.

“Basically, the Lakers would become the Pelicans without LeBron James, and that team without LeBron James is 6-12 this season.

“Are those picks enough to sell the Pelicans? Those picks aren’t going to be all that good.

“That trade isn’t that good.

“I would call this the Godfather Three package, it’s not that good. There’s a lot of names, they’re giving them the whole team, but that team isn’t that good.”

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