Prior to the Lakers' matchup with the Pacers on Tuesday, (7 p.m. ET - Watch on FuboTV with NBA League Pass add-on), James was asked about the potential addition of Davis and had a pretty politically correct response for media members.
With that said, it's been reported that the Lakers believe the Pelicans have been one-sided in respect to negotiations, while they do have the ability to hold on to their superstar in the offseason when they can potentially be met with more options and scenarios.
The Lakers are now offering the Pelicans a package that includes forwards Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma, guard Lonzo Ball and two first-round picks, as well as a willingness to absorb the remaining $12.7 million on Solomon Hill's contract in the 2019-20 season, league sources told ESPN.
"They wanted more and more and more", the Times quoted a source as saying. Sources that spoke to ESPN said the Pelicans have not responded to the trade proposal.
If the asking price for Davis is truly that high, the Clippers would be better off sitting pat right now and waiting until this summer to make any sort of deal.
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The Bucks and Clippers, per multiple reports, have yet to make an offer for Davis while the Knicks have not re-engaged the Pelicans in discussions.
As such, it's no surprise New Orleans is demanding such high compensation - four first-round National Basketball Association draft picks and multiple second-round picks, per Wojnarowski - for their generational star. The Lakers were also willing to include two first-round picks and take back the almost $13 million remaining on Solomon Hill's contract. They had cap-relief with Hill being in the deal.
The general consensus a month ago was that this trade deadline would be quiet.
Wojnarowski took to Twitter to emphasise how unlikely it is that a deal will be done before Thursday's deadline.
Landed in Indy; update on Lakers-Pelicans talks. 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.
The question I'd like to pose for Pelicans fans is: would you want to enter a contract year for a budding player so soon after finally putting the Anthony Davis saga behind you?