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Report: Lakers trade for Pelicans’ Anthony Davis unlikely to happen, talks dormant

Anthony Davis

A blockbuster trade that would send New Orleans Pelicans talisman Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers is unlikely to happen, with little over three hours left before the NBA trade deadline, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Pelicans are reportedly happy to “run out the clock” with negotiations going “dormant” over the past few hours.

According to the report, there is “no communication, nor an expectation” that the two teams will even speak today.

The Pelicans turned down the Lakers’ prior two offers, giving as much as a “no” for the first and a vague response to the second offer, which packaged six players and two first-round draft picks in exchange for Davis and Solomon Hill.

New Orleans let the Lakers know they’d want four first-rounders in any deal, something the team could not muster without involving a third team.

The Lakers called the last request “outrageous” and refused to escalate talks without a counteroffer from the team, asking for a more specific trade package they would like in return.

The Pels’ front office reportedly is uninterested in any of the players the Lakers could offer, posturing in mirror-like way as the San Antonio Spurs did with the Lakers in the previous trade deadline.

As it is right now, neither side has spoken to each other in the past few hours and both consider it rather unlikely that a deal could get done, due to the lack of assets at hand and the lack of dialogue.