Report: Lakers offered to send Pelicans their entire young core and 1st-round picks for Anthony Davis
The Los Angeles Lakers have reportedly pulled out of Anthony Davis trade talks after making a massive new offer to the New Orleans Pelicans. Per a new report from the Los Angeles Times’ Broderick Turner, the Lakers were willing to send over their entire young core of players — Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and Ivica Zubac — in an effort to land Davis.
The Lakers were also prepared to include guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and two first-round draft picks, according to Turner. Furthermore, Los Angeles was apparently willing to give the Pelicans some cap relief by taking back Solomon Hill along with Davis. Hill currently has another year left on his contract, and he will be paid out $12.7 million next season.
“They wanted more and more and more,” one of Turner’s sources said. “There was no more to give. They had cap-relief with Hill being in the deal. But the more they wanted, the more it became outrageous and unrealistic.”
At the moment, it seems as if both the Lakers and Pelicans are at an impasse. New Orleans seems unwilling to trade the star player to the Lakers, while Los Angeles is now unwilling to include any more in a deal. With just a couple of days left until the trade deadline, only time will tell if Davis gets his trade wish granted, or if the Pelicans will take him into the summer in hopes of getting an even better offer.