LeBron James: Lakers star made Warriors decision to FORCE Davis deal | Other | Sport


That’s according to Jalen Rose.

The Lakers first put five offers on the table for the Pelicans to pick from but New Orleans, unsatisfied by those options, did not respond.

One of those packages was believed to be Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Rajon Rondo, Michael Beasley and a first-round draft pick.

Yet Lakers president Magic Johnson is believed to have now served up a monstrous package to the Pelicans consisting of Ball, Kuzma, Rondo, Beasley, Brandon Ingram and Lance Stephenson, plus two first-round picks, as he looks to secure a blockbuster agreement.

That proposal would see the Lakers take on Davis and also Solomon Hill in order to offer New Orleans some salary-cap relief.

L.A. only have until Thursday’s trade deadline (12pm PST/8pm UK time) to complete a deal, or face losing out on Davis in the offseason with the Boston Celtics another team who have long been keen on the six-time All-Star.

The 25-year-old is believed to have submitted a list of four destinations he would be willing to sign a long-term deal with in July of 2020, when he can opt out of his current contract to renegotiate or hit the free agency market.

Boston are not among those four teams, with the Lakers, New York Knicks, Milwaukee Bucks or the LA Clippers Davis’ four landing spots of choice at the moment.

 The Lakers are particularly keen to recruit Davis to add alongside LeBron James as they seek to contend for championships during the four-time MVP’s peak, with LeBron having recently turned 34. 

And Rose believes LeBron opting not to face the Warriors, with Golden State winning the game by 14 at Oracle Arena, was partly due to the fact he was disappointed the Lakers had not offered up more for Davis and not just load management, having only returned from a five-week absence with a groin injury days earlier.

“I talked about Anthony Davis not wanting to be in New Orleans long-term in September, Woj [Adrian Wojnarowski] breaks the news in January to validate it,” NBA analyst Rose told Jalen & Jacoby on ESPN.

“Then Rich Paul makes a statement about it. Then Anthony Davis Sr. comes out and lets the Celtics know, ‘I don’t want my son to play for you!’ 

“And then Anthony Davis comes out and addresses the media. Then all of a sudden Lakers do an offer and we hear it’s a low-ball offer. 

“LeBron James I’m pretty sure, isn’t happy that the team is pump-faking on their initial offer. Here’s how I know he sees the Woj tweet. 

“LeBron James is savvy enough to know at this point in his career, after dealing with an injury that caused him to miss 17 straight games – the most at this point in his career – that has to expedite the timeline. 

“Once those series of events become public about Anthony Davis, I mentioned that that gave the Lakers a 10-day window to get a deal done. 

“For LeBron it’s like, ‘Wait I just came back from injury, we’re not going to be favourites against the Warriors if I play or not, I just did 40 minutes, I’m clearly not 100 per-cent at this point – why go out there and risk it when I want to fall back and allow the young players to continue to foster their value?’ 

“Now, here’s what I want to caution. All of a sudden now he’s watching the Super Bowl, what does he want? He wants breaking news from Woj, breaking news from NBA insiders. 

“He wants his team to move. It is obvious.”

But Rose also believes the Pelicans should be patient in making their decision on the Lakers’ second offer.

He added: “If I’m New Orleans and I’m on the phone with the Lakers and I hear the names Stephenson, Rondo and Beasley in the deal, I’m like, ‘Y’all not serious, voicemail. Give me a shout when you get serious.’ 

“Also, the Lakers allowed Julius Randle to walk this offseason. He now is on the Pelicans roster. 

“If you trade for another four or five Lakers, you’ve almost got Los Angeles in New Orleans from last season. Do you really want that? That’s what is going to make this interesting.”

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