The Lakers have “pulled out” of any more conversations in trying to acquire Anthony Davis because of “outrageous” trade requests from the Pelicans.
Lakers have pulled out of the Anthony Davis sweepstakes for now, I’m hearing.
In the deal, Pelicans wanted the young core+Zubac+Hart+KCP and 4 1st round picks.
Pels wanted LA to take Solomon Hill in the deal & Lakers declined.
Things at a standstill for now. pic.twitter.com/2rqozkqb8p
— Brandon Robinson (@ScoopB) February 5, 2019
The Lakers were not going to give the Pelicans the six to eight draft picks they wanted for Davis.
The Lakers had agreed to send their entire young core of Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and Ivica Zubac to the Pelicans, as well as Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports the Lakers no longer were interested in bidding against themselves for Davis.
“They wanted more and more and more,” said one person. “There was no more to give. They had cap-relief with Hill being in the deal. But the more they wanted the more it because outrageous and unrealistic.”
The Lakers are still glad to engage with the Pelicans on an Anthony Davis trade, but no longer want to bid against themselves, league sources tell ESPN. Lakers are waiting for Pelicans to make a counter-proposal.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 5, 2019
The Lakers have said they will offer less in the offseason, even if the Boston Celtics are involved in talks.
Somehow this deal has to go down.
Too much time and energy already lost.
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