Anthony Davis informed the New Orleans Pelicans that he would be willing to sign long-term with the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks and Milwaukee Bucks, reports The Athletic's Shams Charania.
ESPN reports a potential deal between the two teams is not necessarily dead but that the Pelicans will have to come to the table with a more reasonable offer to get the Lakers to reengage. Ainge is eager to trade for Davis and pair him with [Kyrie] Irving, sources said.
Davis prefers a move to the Lakers, league sources told Wojnarowski. Since informing the franchise that he does not plan to stay with the New Orleans Pelicans beyond his current contract, Davis has been linked to the Lakers incessantly and Los Angeles' interest in making a trade happen for the big man is anything other than hidden.
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"I've had teammates every year be a part of trade deadline discussions and things of that nature and we've always figured out to just shield that away and play the game". The Pelicans want to be compensated - perhaps even overcompensated - for bypassing the chance to open up the process in the offseason and delivering Davis to the Lakers now.
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According to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne, the Lakers have felt conversations with New Orleans have been one-sided and they are growing increasingly pessimistic about the Pelicans willingness to do a deal with them.
According to Shams Charania, the National Basketball Association sensation is willing to sign longterm deals with the Lakers, Bucks, Clippers and Knicks.
It's enough to make you wonder who's really in charge of the Lakers: Magic Johnson or Rich Paul.
The Pelicans' demands have reportedly gotten way too high for the Lakers.
In Morris' case, he would have to agree to sign with the Pelicans, a rebuilding team without Davis. They then have a back-to-back Friday and Saturday before playing two more home games next week before the All-Star Break. Davis requested a trade last week and is not eligible for free agency until July of 2020. Davis will garner a super-max contract upward of $240 million whenever he lands.