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NBA rumors: Lakers dramatically improve trade offer for Anthony Davis

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NBA rumors: Lakers dramatically improve trade offer for Anthony Davis

Programming note: Watch the pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders on Wednesday night at 6:00pm P.T., streaming live on the MyTeams app.

We might be getting a lot closer to seeing Anthony Davis in a Lakers uniform.

Magic Johnson and Pelicans GM Dell Demps have spoken twice today and Los Angeles has improved its offer substantially, a source told Brad Turner of The Los Angeles Times.

The Lakers are now willing to take back Solomon Hill in exchange for Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball, Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson, Michael Beasley and two first-round picks.

In order for a deal to get done, the Lakers were always going to have to part ways with more assets because New Orleans actually holds the leverage right now.

Why? If Davis is still on the Pelicans past Thursday's deadline, it allows more teams to enter the sweepstakes as the draft and free agency approach.

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Although the Celtics are not on Davis' wish list (neither are the Warriors), that could totally change pending on how the next several months shake out. If Boston makes a deep run in the playoffs and Kyrie Irving decides to re-sign, Davis could end up pushing for a trade to the Celtics.

But that wouldn't be possible if the Lakers strike now.

In case you are curious -- the Warriors don't face the Lakers again until April 4. That matchup could look a whole lot different than the one that transpired on Saturday night at Oracle Arena.

The deadline is Thursday at Noon PT and the clock is ticking...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Warriors vs. Clippers live stream: Watch NBA playoffs Game 5 online

Warriors vs. Clippers live stream: Watch NBA playoffs Game 5 online

The Warriors have put the Clippers on the brink. On Wednesday night in Game 5 of their best-of-seven first-round series of the NBA playoffs, they have a chance to bring Los Angeles' season to an end.

Golden State has rebounded since coughing up a big lead in their Game 2 loss to win each of the last two games, including a 113-105 victory in Game 4 on Sunday. With a win Wednesday, the Warriors would advance to the second round, where they would await the victor of the first-round series between the Rockets and Jazz (Houston currently leads three-games-to-one).

Kevin Durant (28.8) and Steph Curry (25.0) have combined to averaged 53.8 points per game so far in the series, the second-highest scoring average for any duo in the playoffs behind Portland's Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum (57.4 ppg).

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Here's how you can watch Warriors-Clippers Game 5, as well as NBC Sports Bay Area's pregame and postgame coverage live on the MyTeams by NBC Sports app.

When: 7:30 p.m. PT on Wednesday, April 24 (pregame show starts at 6:30 p.m.)
TV channel: NBC Sports Bay Area
Live stream: MyTeams by NBC Sports app

Desktop users can stream the game here.

Warriors vs. Clippers Watch Guide: Game 5 lineups, injuries and usage

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Warriors vs. Clippers Watch Guide: Game 5 lineups, injuries and usage

OAKLAND - Last week, the Warriors left Oracle on the short end of the worst playoff collapse in NBA history. Now, the champs will look to close out the first-round series against the Clippers in Game 5 Wednesday night.

Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 6 o'clock with Warriors Outsiders, followed by Warriors Pregame Live at 6:30 and a scheduled 7:30 pm tip-off. 

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In parts of the series, the Warriors have shown stretches of complacency, squandering a 31-point lead in Game 2. With a second-round matchup with the Rockets on the horizon, Golden State will be wise to wrap up their current series as soon as possible. 

Here's everything you need to know about the matchup.

PROJECTED LINEUPS

Warriors
F Kevin Durant 
F Draymond Green
C Andrew Bogut
G Klay Thompson
G Stephen Curry

Clippers
F Danilo Gallinari
C Ivica Zubac
G Patrick Beverley
G Landry Shamet
G Shai Gilgeous-Alexader

INJURY REPORT 

Warriors: DeMarcus Cousins (Left Quadriceps Tear) and Damian Jones (Left Pectoral Surgery) are out.

Clippers: None

ROTATION OUTLOOK 

Warriors

After shooting just 3-of-14 from the field Sunday afternoon, Curry will look to find his shot in a closeout game. 

The sharpshooter will also look to overcome his propensity to reach during the series. Over his last four games, Curry has accumulated 17 fouls, prompting him to etch the message "no" and "reach" on his shoes prior to Game 4. 

After reminding the media who he is, Durant is averaging 35.5 points, 6.5 assists and 5.5 rebounds over his last two games. 

Clippers

Gilgeous-Alexander scored a playoff career-high 25 points in Game 4 and has Golden State's attention. 

Meanwhile, the Warriors help neutralize Montrezl Harrell and Lou Williams in Game 4 and will need a repeat of that defensive performance in Game 5. 

Last week, it looked as if the Clippers may have found the anecdote for the Warriors' All-Star cast of characters after LA took Game 3. However, after two dominant performances in Los Angeles, Golden State looks primed to close out the series Wednesday night.  

Officials: Marc Davis (#8), John Goble (#30), Pat Fraher (#26) Alternate: Gediminas Petraitris (#50)