The Los Angeles Lakers' best time to trade for Anthony Davis is now. And with the NBA trade deadline looming Thursday, they're starting to get down to business.
The Lakers have had "multiple conversations" with the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday about a trade for Davis and have offered them a revamped trade package for the All-Star big man, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Monday.
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. The offer appears to move closer to the objectives that the Pelicans are pursuing in a deal.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 4, 2019
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. https://t.co/R84Aetv9n3— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 4, 2019
Wojnarowski didn't reveal the specifics of the Lakers' offer, but it still seems like a step up from L.A.'s initial pitch of Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Rajon Rondo, Michael Beasley and a first-round draft pick.
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Unfortunately for the Lakers, both of these offers arguably are inferior to what the Boston Celtics can promise the Pelicans if general manager Dell Demps decides to wait until this summer to deal Davis. Boston has four first-round picks in the 2019 NBA Draft and a number of talented young players like Jaylen Brown, Terry Rozier and Jayson Tatum.
The Celtics can't trade for Davis before the Feb. 7 deadline, however, so this is the best opportunity for Davis' agent, Rich Paul, to team the 25-year-old with his most high-profile client, LeBron James, in L.A.
C's fans will be hoping Demps and Co. don't take the bait.
UPDATE (4 p.m. ET): The Los Angeles Times' Brad Turner has the specifics on the Lakers' trade proposal. It's hefty.
Landed in Indy; update on Lakers-Pelicans talks. Magic Johnson, Dell Demps talked twice today, per source. Lakers willing to give Pelicans cap relief for Anthony Davis by taking Solomon Hill for Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Ingram, Rondo, Lance Stephenson, Beasley, 2 1st round picks.— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) February 4, 2019
Lakers now waiting on Pelicans go respond, per source. But it's all that the Pelicans wanted to trade AD. Young talent from Lakers, cap relief and draft picks.— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) February 4, 2019
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