NBA Trade Deadline LIVE
– The NBA trade deadline closes on February 7 (3pm ET, 8pm GMT).
– Los Angeles Lakers make Anthony Davis offer as the Pelicans seek to make counter bid
– Discussion on a possible Kyrie Irving trade with uncertainty around whether he will re-sign in the summer.
– Stay tuned for all the latest trades and rumours around the league.
Anthony Davis to Lakers latest
Here is the update from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on the Lakers making a trade offer for Anthony Davis.
“The Lakers have offered a new package to New Orleans that includes multiple young players, multiple draft picks and Pelicans salary cap relief for Anthony Davis, league sources tell ESPN,” Wojnarowski tweeted.
“The offer appears to move closer to the objectives that the Pelicans are pursuing in a deal.
“Lakers president Magic Johnson and Pelicans GM Dell Demps have had multiple conversations today, league sources tell ESPN.
“There’s no sense how much progress sides have made progress toward a possible trade, but the Lakers have absolutely gotten more serious in the discussions.”
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Lakers make Anthony Davis offer
The Los Angeles Lakers have officially made an offer to sign Anthony Davis.
Davis has been linked with a late move to Los Angeles before Thursday’s trade deadline.
It is understood the 25-year-old Pelicans star is ready to join LeBron James at the Lakers.
And the Lakers are now understood to have made a giant bid to snap up the New Orleans gem.
NBA trade deadline live: The Lakers have made an offer for Anthony Davis (right)
Bradley Beal claim
Los Angeles Lakers have been warned to stop wasting their time on Anthony Davis and turn their attention to Bradley Beal.
The potential deal drawn up by Sport Interactive’s Rohan Nadkarni would see Brandon Ingram, Ivica Zubac, Michael Beasley and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope traded for Beal.
“If L.A. knows it can’t acquire Davis before the trade deadline, Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka should take a hard look at Brad Beal,” Nadkarni wrote.
“He seems like an ideal guard to slot alongside LeBron, and he shouldn’t need as many assets to acquire as some other stars mentioned in trade rumours.”
Anthony Davis to Celtics prediction
NBA expert Adrian Wojnarowski has claimed Anthony Davis could join the Boston Celtics in July when asked if the Eastern Conference franchise could piece together a trade deal before the end of the season.
“Yes. I don’t know that they’d agreed to a deal structure this far out, especially during the season,” Wojnarowski said.
“But once the season’s over, especially when there’s draft picks involved and Boston could have more than one pick in this coming draft.
“You see this a lot where teams are drafting for somebody else on draft night and then the deal and all the pieces and the trade are finalised on July 1.
“So even though they technically can’t do the deal until July 1, once Kyrie Irving is a free agent, they can have an agreement in place well before then.”
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Celtics have Anthony Davis advantage
Anthony Davis may leave the Pelicans for the Celtics instead of the Lakers, says NBA expert Tom Westerholm.
“Boston can make a very compelling offer for Davis,” Westerholm said on the Celtics Beat podcast.
“I think they can make the best offer.
“That’s presuming that the the New York Knicks do not get the first pick.
“I think the other things to consider is not only can they make the best offer, they can make the best offer with probably the most confidence of any team, not the Lakers.”
Anthony Davis tipped to snub Lakers
Anthony Davis is more likely to join the Boston Celtics than the Los Angeles Lakers when he leaves the New Orleans Pelicans.
That is the verdict of NBC Sports Radio presenter Michael Jenkins, who has suggested the Philadelphia 76ers may be in with a shout of landing the in-demand All-Star.
“My guess would be Celtics,” Jenkins said, when asked to choose between the Lakers, Celtics and Sixers.
“But if I had to put my money on it, I’d go Sixers because of the value.”
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Pelicans eye Knicks and Celtics deal
Los Angeles Lakers will not sign Anthony Davis before Thursday’s trade deadline because New Orleans Pelicans have their eyes elsewhere, according Locked on NBA podcast host Jake Madison.
Madison says the Pelicans want to hold out until the summer so Boston Celtics and New York Knicks can join in the bidding.
”They are going to do what is in the best interest for their franchise and being honest that is waiting until the summer,” Madison told Locked on NBA podcast.
“They will wait until Boston Celtics can get into the bidding officially and put together an official trade package for Anthony Davis.
LeBron AD plot
LeBron James has a plan to help the Los Angeles Lakers land Anthony Davis before the trade deadline.
That’s according to NBA legend Kenny Smith, who believes the Lakers are the best team for Davis.
The trade deadline closes on February 7, meaning the Lakers are running out of time to strike a deal with the Pelicans to sign Davis this season.
And Smith believes James is secretly plotting a way for the Lakers to bring Davis to Los Angeles.
“If my brother was an agent for the second best player in his best position, he would be coming with me,” Smith said on The Rich Eisen Show.
“It’s obvious that is part of a possible plan.”
Anthony Davis clearly desperate to beat the deadline
Former NBA shooting guard Rex Chapman believes it is plain to see Anthony Davis’ desire to leave with every answer he gives.
“I think for the Lakers they obviously want to get it done,” Chapman said on NBA TV.
“Watching Anthony Davis just then, I don’t know if I can remember a player in a long while that has been more ready to get up out of where he is. He’s ready to go. You can see it in every answer he gives.
“He’s a guy who sacrificed, he plays winning basketball and I think he’s ready to get back to that.”
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Utah Jazz want Mike Conley
The Utah Jazz’s interest in trading for Mike Conley is “very real”, according to ESPN’s Zach Lowe.
Lowe reports the Jazz could cobble together a package including Ricky Rubio, Derrick Favors and a first-round pick for Conley.
However, the report adds Utah would be forfeiting significant cap space for free agency this offseason.
That may mean they wouldn’t be able to afford to compete for long-term target Tobias Harris as a free agent.
Blazers agree trade
Away from the Anthony Davis rumours, there was a trade agreement made yesterday between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Cavaliers will send Portland Rodney Hood in return for two future second-round picks, Nik Stauskas and Wade Baldwin VI.
Hood will undoubtedly add some depth to the Blazers roster having averaged 12.2 points per game on a poor Cleveland side.
Cleveland remain open to trade other players on their roster, with JR Smith and Alex Burke available.
Lonzo Ball reportedly knows he will be traded to the Suns
The New Orleans Pelicans are willing to do business with the Los Angeles Lakers regarding a trade for Anthony Davis, but it’s going to cost them.
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.
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.
Anthony Davis trade ‘agreed’
The Lakers have reportedly already agreed a three-team trade to acquire
Anthony Davis which will see Lonzo Ball head to the Phoenix Suns.
An article went up on Arizona Sports which stated that Ball was traded to the Suns, but the story has since been deleted.
And one author on reddit, who claims to have family tied to the television industry working on the Ball Family documentary, states a deal has been reached and it could be linked with Anthony Davis.
A screenshot of the since deleted article showed that the copy was a draft that was seemingly accidentally posted and had the page ready for when it became official.
Is LeBron James planning to drop some breaking news?
This article was quickly deleted suggesting Lonzo Ball has been traded to the Phoenix Suns
LeBron to drop huge Anthony Davis news?
LeBron James got Los Angeles Lakers fans excited about a possible trade announcement with a single tweet calling out a number of top NBA journalists on Twitter during the Super Bowl last night.
The Super Bowl last night proved frustrating viewing for many neutrals as it ended in the lowest-scoring championship game in NFL history.
But the build up to the Super Bowl was largely dominated by NBA headlines with Davis continually linked to the Lakers.
Numerous reports have broken recently suggesting the Lakers are closing in on a deal between the Lakers and the New Orleans Pelicans for Davis ahead of the February 7 deadline.
And even James was clearly tired of watching the Super Bowl, suggesting he wanted to hear some breaking news from the NBA reporters.
He tweeted: “Man, where Shams, Woj, Haynes, McMenamin at????….”
And Laker fans took that as a possible sign that James knows something about a possible trade for Davis being announced soon.
Kyrie Iring to be traded
Kyrie Irving has already decided that he wants to leave the Boston Celtics and move on this summer, according to former NBA star Chauncey Billups.
Irving will become a free agent this year and there has been some suggestion he may have changed his mind about re-signing in Boston.
The Knicks, based just an hour away from Irving’s hometown of New Jersey, recently traded Kristaps Porzingas in an attempt to clear up salary cap space, and it is rumoured that they will make a move for him in free agency.
“First of all I think Kyrie is right, it’s all about this season,” Billups said.
“But if you’re Danny Ainge, you have to listen to what he’s said.
“And I think you have to listen to any calls that might come in.”
Kyrie Irving is being linked with a trade away from the Celtics
Kevin Durant drops hint
Kevin Durant has accidentally dropped a big hint that he will leave the Golden State Warriors this summer when he becomes a free agent.
The NBA superstar has a player option on a contract extension for next year, but it is widely expected that he will instead choose to become a free agent and listen to offers.
Among his likely destinations are the LA Clippers, the Los Angeles Lakers and the New York Knicks.
The Knicks traded Kristaps Porzingas on Friday to open up cap space for two max salary slots with Durant their No 1 target.
And Durant gave a big hint on Sunday by liking a tweet suggesting he will leave.
User @Lightiining wrote: “The media seems more worried about this than the actual team. Stop bothering him about it and let him leave in peace.”