Since receiving the news of his trade request last Monday, the New Orleans Pelicans have remained adamant about sending their disgruntled star to Los Angeles. So much so, Pelicans’ general manager, Dell Demps, once refused to take any calls made by the Los Angeles Lakers to acquire Anthony Davis.
However, despite the Lakers going all out in their most recent offer, it seems as if the Pelicans will stand put with Davis until the summer. According to Fletcher Mackel of WDSU New Orleans, some officials within the Pelicans organization would like to wait until the summer, with hopes of landing rising star Jayson Tatum, in a deal with the Boston Celtics.
Although many are pushing for New Orleans to make a deal before the February 7th trade deadline, it is within the Pelicans best interest to wait until the summer to move Davis. Not only will they have more options to choose from, but Tatum is viewed as the player with the most potential amongst suitors.
This news comes just hours after it seemed as if the Pelicans and the Lakers were moving close on a deal. According to ESPN‘s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Lakers most recent offer included: Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson, Michael Beasley, and two future first round picks, in exchange for Davis and Pelicans’ forward, Solomon Hill for cap relief.
While many within New Orleans organization like the offer made today by Los Angeles, Lavar Ball’s comments potentially hurt the Lakers chances of acquiring Davis in a deal.
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