Lakers And Pelicans Engaged In Trade Talks For Anthony Davis

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As it stands, Anthony Davis is holding firm to his desire to end up with the Los Angeles Lakers, but he's now letting everyone know that the New York Knicks would be a preferred location as well. The Lakers' No. 4 pick has been discussed as a trade chip to help the Pelicans acquire a high-level player in multi-team deals. What else can the Lakers do to be a contender for year 2 with LeBron James and 1st year head coach Frank Vogel after a dismal 2018-19 National Basketball Association season? Add to that poor management and decision-making by the senior team and a number of player injuries resulted to Lakers not making it to the playoffs.

It's been well-documented that the Pelicans don't want to do Davis and the Lakers any favors. "I mean: If the Celtics traded for Anthony Davis, we would go there and we would abide by our contractual (obligations) and we would go into free agency in 2020". Exactly what happened behind the scenes is still somewhat murky, but it's clear that Davis still has interest in the Lakers. Everything points out to the Lakers winning this one. Some in the organization are wary, citing the way things played out for NY in the wake of the Carmelo Anthony trade, per sources. All of these reports being good news to the Los Angeles Lakers. Griffin is reportedly asking for one all-star player, one young player with all-star potential and two draft picks in exchange for Davis. This is something very hard to achieve in a trade that will only involve the Lakers and Pelicans. Could Jimmy Butler be the offensive spark the team needs?

As for the Knicks, Paul said the following: "The only difference is, they don't have as many championships as the Lakers".

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This option seems complicated and is affecting the whole team. Following the February 7 trade deadline, Davis never played more than 34 minutes in a game. The atmosphere in the locker room feels like your mother or father doesn't love you. Who gives a s- what you're talking about, about me trying to help LeBron out? He says that he first informed Demps on Friday, January 25, of Davis' intentions, and Demps responded that he'd confer with Pelicans owner Gayle Benson and get back to him. Now, if helping Anthony Davis helps LeBron in the long run?

Last summer, it was the former San Antonio Spurs star forward Kawhi Leonard that had the unlikely trek north of the border to join the Toronto Raptors. It's a big market - not that it's only big markets. One of the stars would be Jimmy Butler. His performance in the playoffs was more than remarkable: a major factor in the face of Lakers' priority and short-term demand.

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