The Lakers and the Pelicans are currently hard at work negotiating a deal for Anthony Davis.
Last week, the LA Times reported that the Lakers had offered several different scenarios for the Pelicans to choose from including one
The Lakers sent five offers to the Pelicans on Wednesday. One of the options offered Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Ivica Zubac and a first-round pick, multiple sources said.
The Times is now reporting that the Pelicans are going to ask for two first round picks and for the Lakers to take a Pelicans player in a salary dump for Davis.
Via LA Times
With the NBA’s trade deadline approaching, the Lakers and New Orleans Pelicans have yet to discuss the offers the Lakers made for six-time All-Star forward Anthony Davis, but that conversation is expected to take place next week.
The Pelicans are considering a counter offer that would ask for two first-round picks and add a Pelicans player to the deal, according to people with knowledge of the situation who requested anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
That is a a lot for the Lakers to give up but with the Celtics looking to get in on the Anthony Davis sweepstakes they might have to give it up.
New Orleans has been leaning toward waiting until the end of the season to negotiate with the Boston Celtics, who have a larger pool of draft and player assets. Boston is unable to trade for Davis with Kyrie Irving on its roster, because the league’s CBA prohibits a player on a designated rookie extension to be traded to a team that already has a player under that contract.