Anthony Davis Won't Play For Pelicans Until After The Trade Deadline

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The Los Angeles Lakers huddle up prior to the game against the Indiana Pacers on February 5, 2019 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The loss came days after it was reported that the Lakers offered their entire young core - Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, Kyle Kuzma, Ivica Zubac and picks - in a proposal to the Pelicans, only to have New Orleans ask for even more. "Not worth trading", the Pacers fans sang.

Indiana Pacers fans cheerfully serenaded Los Angeles Lakers players with "LeBron's gonna trade you" chants during a 42-point win in Indianapolis.

Davis' agent, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, seems to have made some inroads into tightening the trade market on the Pelicans, limiting what some rivals might be willing to offer based on the fear of losing Davis as a rental in 2020 free agency.

On a night of few Lakers highlights, head coach Luke Walton was pleased to see a driving dunk from the four-time NBA Most Valuable Player. He is the fifth player to reach the milestone. None of the young guys scored more than 12 points, with LeBron leading the way for LA with 18 points in the loss. The Boston Celtics desperately want in on the bidding, but are unable to engage before the summer because Kyrie Irving and Davis each have designated player rookie extensions (the CBA forbids teams from having two players with the specific extension).

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It's Johnson who would make any final decision for the Lakers as team president.

The Lakers have since pulled out of trade talks.

It was the first contest Davis was healthy enough to rejoin the team since sustaining the injury on January 18, sources said.

ESPN.com this week published a piece highlighting eight Davis trades "we'd like to see", with several writers suggesting scenarios that could play out either before Thursday's National Basketball Association trade deadline or after this season. There's a real possibility that the Pelicans and Davis could agree on a limited playing schedule post-trade deadline, but that's undetermined.

The five-time All-Star's top choice would be a move to the Lakers, according to an earlier ESPN report.

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