LeBron James: Shaquille O’Neal makes surprise Lakers demand about Anthony Davis | Other | Sport


That’s the surprising demand from NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal, who suggests Davis would be mad to turn down the supermax offer that the New Orleans Pelicans can offer him.

The NBA trade deadline closes on February 7 and the Lakers are scrambling to strike a deal with New Orleans for Davis.

It comes in the wake of the 25-year-old handing in a trade request, via his agent Rich Paul.

The Lakers have reportedly already made an approach to the Pelicans with a number of different trade scenarios.

However, New Orleans are yet to respond to Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka with time running out for the Lakers.

Davis has told the Pelicans that he doesn’t want to sign a supermax contract extension, which could be worth close to $240million.

By announcing that he wants to leave, Davis will be leaving millions on the table.

It has been suggested that the five-time All-Star wants to team up with James in Los Angeles.

However, O’Neal believes Davis should somehow convince the three-time NBA champion to come to New Orleans.

“I think he’s a fabulous guy, I think he’s a great player,” O’Neal told USA TODAY Sports.

“But I come from the place to where if you telling me I was great, I would have to show you that I am really great.

“The second thing is, if he stays home (in New Orleans), he gets $240 million.

“If he leaves he gets $209 million. I’m not giving up that $31 million. For anybody.

“What I would try to do is keep that and then now I’m the man and now I got to recruit LeBron to play with me.

“I got to recruit Kyrie (Irving) to come play with me because business-wise, $240 million in Louisiana will go way further than $240 million in L.A.

“Trust me, I know this for a fact.”

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