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RUMOR: Lakers have progressed on completing multi-team Anthony Davis trade

Pelicans, Alvin Gentry

The New Orleans Pelicans were unimpressed with prompted deals for their talisman Anthony Davis, yet the Los Angeles Lakers are making the longest strides in hopes to acquire him, according to Ian Begley of SNY.

ESPN reported on Tuesday that the Lakers were the “leader in the clubhouse” for a potential Davis trade, noting president David Griffin now looked to get a multi-team trade in place to help him amass his request for one All-Star player, a player capable of reaching All-Star status and two first-round draft picks.

Later on that day, a source told Begley the Lakers had made progress toward completing a multi-team deal.

The New York Knicks, who hold the No. 3 selection in this year’s NBA Draft, had recent dialogue recently with at least one team in efforts to make a multi-team deal for Davis, but it seems like the front office of Steve Mills and Scott Perry have been unwilling to offer what Griffin wants in return for Davis.

The Knicks don’t have an All-Star caliber player to offer, but neither do the Lakers or the L.A. Clippers — making the Brooklyn Nets the only team with one to offer ih D’Angelo Russell. Though Russell is set to become a restricted free agent at the end of this season, making that a more difficult pathway to get Davis.

The Lakers have been lusting over Davis for more than a full season now, and they are among the list of Davis’ preferred destinations. If successful, this trade could be a franchise-changer, pairing one of the best young talents with LeBron James, a perennial top talent in his own right.