Apparently the Lakers Can’t Afford Anthony Davis
One of the greatest players in New Orleans Pelicans history doesn't want to be on the team anymore.
Anthony Davis could arguably be the greatest Pelican ever (if we go just by the Pelican name, he is). So why does he want out of a franchise that has the ability to make him the highest paid player in NBA history?
Because he wants to win.
Davis has informed the team he would like to be traded, giving up a possible $230+ contract with the Pelicans. No other team is able to offer him a contract that big, because of NBA rules. So Davis will literally give up millions to be able to win in the NBA.
The team that WANTS him, and the he reportedly wants to join, is the Los Angeles Lakers. But in order for that to happen, the Lakers would have to craft a trade that the Pelicans approve of.
Now, let's point out that clearly the Pelicans franchise has no idea what they're doing, otherwise they would have built a team around Davis already, and would be winning playoff games more regularly.
So, what are the Lakers offering, and what do the Pelicans want? ESPN reports that the Lakers have been offering combos of young players, veterans, and draft picks, but none of the offers have been big enough to sway the Pelicans to jump. The combination of players have included Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Ivica Zubac, Josh Hart, Rajon Rondo, and Michael Beasley. While ESPN is also reporting that no Lakers offer has included more than 2 of the young players and a single First Round draft pick in each offer.
So it sounds like the Pelicans will be looking to get 3-4 young players, plus draft picks to move Davis.
The trade deadline is Thursday, and after that, its likely the offers will start going down over the summer, because at that point Davis could be a one-year rental for another team, before he ditches them for the Lakers in free agency.