Anthony Davis trade THEORY: Is this the real reason Lakers deal is being blocked? | Other | Sport

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Davis shocked the NBA when his agent informed the Pelicans of the five-time All-Star’s desire to leave.

The Pelicans can offer Davis a supermax deal worth $240million in the summer but he has no intention of staying.

The Lakers are Davis’ preferred option and their most recent offer saw Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson, Michael Beasley, and two first-round picks put forward.

So far the Pelicans have been steadfast in their determination to keep hold of Davis.

But with the NBA trade deadline to come on Thursday, time is running out for Davis to get his move.

Current vice president and general manager Dell Demps has been leading Pelicans negotiations with the Lakers.

NBC New Orleans reporter Fletcher Mackel gave a telling insight into the mindset of the Pelicans hierarchy of owner Gayle Benson, head of basketball operations Mickey Loomis and Demps.

Mackel wrote on Twitter: “FWIW, Dell Demps in weird spot.

“Pelicans likely to “clean house” in April. So Benson/Loomis only doing AD/Lakers deal if haul for NOLA is mind blowing.

“They want new GM set up for success.

“LA doesn’t blow them away, they’ll be patient, new GM will “own the AD trade” this summer.”

NBA legend Paul Pierce believes the Lakers must trade all of their young players for Davis.

“You don’t play around with this,” Pierce told ESPN’s The Jump.

“You get this generational player over here and pair him with LeBron and we’ll figure out the rest later.”

When asked if he’d give up all of the Lakers’ young stars and as many draft picks as necessary, Pierce added: “Everybody! Let’s go.

“We’re playing with LeBron’s last three years, go all in.”





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