Davis reportedly would sign a long-term deal with the Lakers, New York Knicks, Milwaukee Bucks or the Los Angeles Clippers, if traded. Earlier in the day on Monday it seemed as though the New Orleans Pelicans were very close to sending Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers, until a further report from Adrian Wojnarowski that night described a faction in the Pelicans front office as wanting to wait.
The Times said the Lakers had "pulled out" of talks with the Pelicans aimed at acquiring Davis after offering multiple players and draft picks for the All-Star. In fact, Woj reports that the Pelicans want to be "overcompensated" to even consider making a trade with LA.
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But with the Pelicans' exorbitant asking price, Davis may not be going anywhere. Terry Rozier wouldn't be available for them to offer since he's a free agent after the season, and I'm not sure how interested the team would be in a soon-to-be free agent Hayward.
This one, once again, involved the New Orleans Pelicans and Anthony Davis.
Had that deal been accepted, the Lakers would be left with LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Solomon Hill, Svi Mykhailiuk, Isaac Bonga, Johnathan Williams and Moritz Wagner.
Whether the LA Clippers will pursue Davis remains to be seen, but if they continue to hesitate, their best window to land him will likely disappear. Of particular concern for L.A.'s bid for Davis is whether or not Boston might include young talent Jayson Tatum in an offseason deal that would include first-round picks. The Celtics also believe that a deal for Davis will help solidify his confidence in re-signing with the organization, sources said.
"They wanted more and more and more", said one person. Bad because the Pelicans know they lose the upper-hand-despite Ainge reportedly expressing he will make a better offer.
Giving in to the Pelicans' demands for between six and eight draft picks would have been lunacy.