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NBA rumors: Lakers pull out of Anthony Davis trade talks with Pelicans

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NBA rumors: Lakers pull out of Anthony Davis trade talks with Pelicans

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When it comes to acquiring Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis, the Lakers don't have much leverage with New Orleans.

So they are trying to get some.

Brad Turner of The Los Angeles Times has the latest.

The Lakers have pulled out of conversations aimed at trying to acquire New Orleans all-star Anthony Davis because of the Pelicans’ “outrageous” trade requests, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.  

Magic Johnson, the Lakers’ president of basketball operations, told New Orleans general manager Dell Demps on Tuesday morning that the Lakers had made their best offer, were not willing to add anything else and would be moving on, said the person, who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

Bluff or no bluff? This sounds like the former.

The Lakers badly want Davis and New Orleans knows this. If Los Angeles doesn't get him before Thursday's trade deadline, it will be a lot tougher to strike a deal in late June or early July when the Celtics will be likely involved.

It doesn't help the Lakers' cause that the Pelicans are in no hurry to ship Davis out of town, as ESPN's Adrian Wojarnowski reported on Monday night.

Magic Johnson must overcome a significant desire within the Pelicans organization to let Thursday's deadline expire with Davis remaining on the roster, league sources told ESPN.

So if the Lakers are not willing to add anything else, what is their final offer?

Sources told The Los Angeles Times that the package includes Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, Ivica Zubac, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, two first-round picks and an agreement to take back Solomon Hill.

That is a rather large haul for the Pelicans, who probably feel like that same deal will be available to them this summer.

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While the Lakers adding Davis would present a new threat to the Warriors, it appears the Dubs are poised to stand pat at Thursday's trade deadline. GM Bob Myers expects the club to be more aggressive in the buyout market, however, when further reinforcements could be added without having to give up an asset. 

Stay tuned.

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

Zaza Pachulia shares text Steph Curry sent him during radio interview

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Zaza Pachulia shares text Steph Curry sent him during radio interview

Programming note: Watch the pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders on Saturday afternoon at 4 P.T., streaming live on the MyTeams app.

On Sunday evening, the Warriors host the Pistons at Oracle.

You know what that means, right?

Zaza Pachulia is back!

On Friday morning, the big man who won two titles with the Warriors was a guest on 95.7 The Game.

He talked about the excitement surrounding receiving his 2018 championship ring, what he learned during his two seasons with Golden State, the narrative that he's a dirty player and much more.

And just before the conversation came to an end, Zaza closed with this:

"Can't wait to see everybody and I just want to give a shoutout to Steph Curry and Jarron Collins who just texted me to tell me that my voice sounds beautiful ... can't wait to see them."

I wonder if that's the first time anybody has ever told Zaza that his voice sounds beautiful. Maybe his wife has said it once or twice before.

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The 35-year old is averaging 4.1 points and 4.2 rebounds in 13.4 minutes per game this season.

He scored a season-high 11 points in Detroit's huge win over the Raptors last Sunday.

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Austin Rivers explains how Steph Curry, Warriors transformed NBA offenses

Austin Rivers explains how Steph Curry, Warriors transformed NBA offenses

Austin Rivers knows a thing or two about defending Steph Curry.

The Houston Rockets guard isn't shy about his confidence when guarding the Warriors star, but that doesn't mean Rivers is unaware of Curry's impact on the NBA. To hear him tell it, Curry's transformed basketball as much as anyone in recent memory.

"Comparing him to other players, he's not the most athletic guy on the floor nine out of 10 times," Rivers told Warriors sideline reporter Kerith Burke and guard Quinn Cook on The Uninterrupted Road Trippin' podcast. "But nine out of 10 times, he's usually the best player on the floor, and that's changed the game. Kids used to want to dunk, and now they want to shoot 3s.

"He's changed the way basketball is played. It's a [3-point shooter's] league now."

Rivers said that impact is clearest on his own team. Under Mike D'Antoni, the Rockets lead the NBA in 3-point attempts per game (44.8) and 3-point makes (15.7). 

He thinks you can draw a straight line between D'Antoni's strategy and what Curry and the Warriors have done over the last five years. 

"The effect that Steph has singlehandedly had on the NBA has been huge -- and Golden State, period," Rivers continued. "They've set this trend where now we follow. We shoot 40-to-50 threes a game because we're trying to emulate what works, and what they've had." 

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They've also had a trickle-down effect, according to Rivers. When he's working basketball camps, he said kids want to emulate one of two players' specific skills: Curry's, or Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving's ball-handling. 

When 6-foot-3 Curry nails a half-court shot, or 6-foot-3 Irving crosses over a helpless defender, Rivers thinks a young player would see either as more attainable than what, say, 6-foot-8, 240-pound LeBron James can on a nightly basis.

"They're not going to be doing the stuff he does, so what's realistic for a person," Rivers asked, rhetorically. " ... They're not freak athletes. They don't dunk on people. They're just skilled. So, that's every kid's dream." 

Something tells us Rivers won't be dreaming of facing either Curry or Irving in the postseason. 

You can hear the rest of Rivers, Cook and Burke's conversation on Road Trippin' in the player below, and subscribe here.