The report also said, the expectatoin is Davis' absence will extend until Thursday's trade deadline whether he wants to play or not. However, New Orleans is seeking more from Los Angeles than Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram and draft picks, and Boston is unable to trade for Davis as long as Kyrie Irving is on their roster because of their contracts.
There are conflicting reports on what the Celtics would be willing to offer for Davis.
"They wanted more and more and more", the Times quoted a source as saying.
According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, the Lakers have withdrawn their offer for Davis after growing frustrated with the Pelicans' demands. Until then, New Orleans is curious about whether the Celtics might include young star Jayson Tatum into an offseason trade along with a package of first-round picks, sources said.
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. The league's landscape is certainly feeling the tremors of the campaign by Paul and Davis. Considering the Pelicans have already turned down an offer including five former first-round picks, as well as two future first-round picks, it'd be hard to imagine them accepting any offer from the Clippers.
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The Lakers were also willing to also send two first-round draft picks, they said.
Solomon Hill, whose final year at $12.7 million will give Pelicans salary relief. This trade is not something that should be influenced by the franchise not wanting to deal with an awkward situation for a few months.
Lakers fans should rejoice that the Pelicans rejected this offer.
Having teammates involved in trade rumors leading up to the annual deadline is nothing new for James, who has seen a plethora of players come and go on deadline day over the years.
The Pelicans are being especially careful with Anthony Davis. "Danny Ainge has, in other words, let it be known the Celts are ready to take their chances with keeping Davis beyond the summer of 2020 when he can become a free agent".