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Report: Lakers pull out of trade talks for Anthony Davis after “outrageous” request by Pelicans

(David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)

(David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)

Thursday’s trade deadline is fast approaching, and we’re still nowhere closer to finding out where Anthony Davis will end up. According to Brad Turner of the LA Times, the Lakers have pulled out of trade talks for Davis after the Pelicans’ latest, most “outrageous” request.

After going back and forth with the Pelicans all day, the Lakers made this offer for Davis last night: Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and Ivica Zubac, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, AND two first-round draft picks AND salary cap-relief for taking back Soloman Hill. That’s basically an entire team; however, the Pelicans still weren’t satisfied and asked for more draft picks. Magic Johnson refused, telling Dell Demps that was the Lakers’ best and final offer. Adrian Wojnarowski reports the Lakers are still willing to listen to the Pelicans, but only if a reasonable counter-offer is made:

Adding to the madness was this tweet from the Pelicans minutes after the LA Times report came out:

Sigh. This is just going to get crazier as the week goes on. For more on potential trades for Davis, check out Zack’s post from earlier:

BBNBA: So What’s Going on With Anthony Davis?

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27 Comments for Report: Lakers pull out of trade talks for Anthony Davis after “outrageous” request by Pelicans



  1. Wade
    3:40 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

    New Orleans isn’t gonna get a superstar unless it’s drafted but if you fill the team with quality guys,sign good contracts,and draft a few guys, in a yr or two after obviously tanking out the rest of the yr, just maybe you can get a guy a max salary and have a young relentless supporting cast with a vet thrown in for good measure. New Orleans needs to take the deal bc they can’t afford not to if they ever want to win! If ad gets a max contract with no without a cast around him it’s never gonna happen. Gotta do what Boston did! Make the trade now and maybe instead of 2 first rounders ask for 1 first 2 second and later 1st down the rd and see what happens ad and lebron would be nuts together! Problem is I don’t like lebron! But super team or bust!



  2. CatManDo
    3:45 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

    Please don’t go to the Lakers. LeBron will get all the credit if they win a title and AD would be classified as “riding his coat tails “. Don’t win a title and AD gets the blame- “he was a really good, not elite, player on a bad team in NO.”



    • bigbluebanana
      5:23 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

      Not elite??? Dude, he’s a consensus top 2-4 player in the NBA. Not to mention he’s the youngest of those few players mentioned.



    • 4everUKblue
      5:29 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

      banana, did he call AD not elite???



    • Wade
      6:43 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

      We should never again take anything catmando says serious



    • Wade
      6:44 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

      I see what you mean also… give me the bilas treatment catmando lol



    • 4everUKblue
      5:30 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

      That’s probably why they’re offering to trade the city of LA of AD….because he’s not elite.



    • Skooms
      6:01 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

      Banana, I think he’s saying that AD would ve in a no-win situation. If they win, it’s because of LeBron, (ala Jordan to Pippen) and if they lose, it’s because AD wasn’t the “elite” player they thought. Obviously both of those opinions would be garbage, but it wouldn’t stop the media from saying it. I’m not comparing AD to Pippen because he’s way closer to Jordan level than Pippen IMO, but I could see him getting the same wrap playing next to LeBron.



    • bigbluebanana
      6:13 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

      I think you’re right guys, after re-reading his comment, I was wrong in my reply. All apologies catmando, I see you’re point now and it’s a solid one.



    • ukcamel
      6:55 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

      To the OP: there is certainly some truth to this, but consider three things.

      1. In this new NBA, joining another team doesn’t create a stigma, especially if you are leaving a dumpster fire.

      2. It isn’t like the LeBron Lakers are some dynasty. LeBron has been there for like two seconds and right now they aren’t that good. So this isn’t like Durant.

      3. LeBron is old and Davis will still have a long time after he’s gone. It’s kind of like Davis is Magic and LeBron is Kareem.



  3. RealCatsFan
    4:01 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

    Word on the street is that the Pels would have taken that offer by the Lakers if they had left Lonzo Ball off the table – they want no part of the freak show that is Lavar. Plenty of that down in the French Quarter already.



    • tvor03
      5:39 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

      What crazy street do you live on, because what you said doesn’t make any sense? “You’re offering is too much, so no deal. Keep your most promising young player, then we’ll talk. His daddy is a little annoying.”



    • bigbluebanana
      6:16 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

      tvor, I think you made a similar error to one I made earlier in this thread, RCF is most assuredly being cheeky and sarcastic here.



    • RealCatsFan
      8:02 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

      Damn, where’s that key for the sarcasm font?



  4. bwise
    4:06 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

    The trade is bogus, I don’t blame the pelicans one bit. Half of those players will walk after this year, ball is a bust, kuzma and Ingram are the only players worth anything draft picks are from far a certainty and taking $20 mil off their salary cap get them 1 player in free agency (I.e tyreke Evans 1 year 12.4 mil). They should have traded with the knicks for KP, at least they wouldn’t have had to completely rebuild. Now the only real option is getting Tatum plus whatever they want to give and having them rework kyrie deal by Thursday which isn’t going to happen. We’ve probably seen the last of AD for the year. But zero chance in hell would I take all of those players and a couple question marks for a player who most likely ends up in the hall of fame. No thanks.



  5. Headhurts
    4:09 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

    Pelicans better deal while iron is hot, free agent is coming.



    • tvor03
      5:41 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

      AD can’t become a FA til 2020. They can sit on him a whole year if they want. There is no reason to trade him now just because Lebron says so.



    • Luether
      7:53 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

      What tvor03 said…



  6. IrishCat
    4:21 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

    Pels have a talent for messing things up.



  7. nadkin
    6:04 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

    The Pelicans do not care if they win! Bottom line is “money revenue”, for them. A lot of team owner’s don’t care that much about winning, they want the fans to hang on just enough, to watch a dream of “theirs” almost make it! Its all about money for them, nothing else!



  8. Racerr11
    6:15 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

    AD is not elite he’s Gold Standard which is better than elite. I can define Gold Standard for you. He is one of the top 5-10 players of all time and he played for the University of Kentucky which= Gold Standard. AD is also a quality person and citizen. All of those qualitys together = one hell of a package.



  9. chief_cat
    6:52 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

    Still think the Knicks are in great shape to land AD. The Knicks can package Dennis Smith Jr. Deandre Jordan and potentially the draft rights to Zion for AD. The Knicks just got lots of cap space by moving Kristops. The Knicks could get AD then go after Durant or Kyrie.



    • ukcamel
      7:01 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

      Why would Davis want to move from one dumpster fire to another? Especially when at least in New Orleans he is eligible for the supermax.



  10. michaelb
    8:02 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

    You can’t say the tweet is anything that’s associated with the trade bargaining . The account has a pr handler . It’s not like it’s the pelicans gm or owner



  11. michaelb
    8:05 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

    Hey , the truth is = there is no equal trade value for Anthony Davis . I’m surprised they’re still milling around with it . After lebron there is no combinations or sum of players that will equal Anthony Davis . No other team has the ability to make an even trade for that matter . They might as well just dissolve his contract and just re- sign him somewhere .



  12. StuckinLville
    8:36 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

    I love Anthony Davis but that’s way too much to give up for him especially with how injury-prone he has been throughout his career.