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Lakers out of Anthony Davis trade talks after Pelicans turn down offer of virtually entire roster

John Tomase
February 05, 2019 - 3:46 pm
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The Lakers offered the Pelicans everyone not named LeBron James to get Anthony Davis and New Orleans said no. So now it looks like we're off to the summer to decide the future of the most coveted big man in the NBA.

According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, the Lakers have withdrawn their offer for Davis after growing frustrated with the Pelicans' demands. The Lakers made an aggressive proposal, offering every decent young player on their roster: Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and Ivica Zubac, as well as veteran guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, per the Times. The Lakers were also willing to include two first-round picks and take back the nearly $13 million remaining on Solomon Hill's contract.

The Pelicans said no, perhaps because they believe they can get more for Davis this summer, when teams like the asset-rich Celtics can enter the bidding. It's also possible they look at the Lakers, who haven't reached the playoffs since 2013, and question why they'd want to replace their All-NBA performer with the core of a 35-win team.

Whether this is actually the end of talks between the two teams remains to be seen. The NBA's trade deadline is Thursday.

Related: Tomase: Anthony Davis is going to play for the Celtics next year, so let's stop overcomplicating things

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