Anthony Davis commerce rumor roundup: Pelicans taking calls, simply not from Lakers; Lonzo Ball seems to be East | NBA


Anthony Davis technically stays a Pelican.

However he is been just about erased from the crew (even its pregame intro video) and New Orleans teammates seem to have resigned themselves to the very fact Davis, sidelined with a finger damage, will not be again.

However there’s contemporary information concerning the Lakers, Lonzo Ball and extra because the clock ticks towards the Feb. 7 NBA commerce deadline.

Listed below are the most recent Anthony Davis commerce rumors:

— Nearly all of this week’s speak about a Davis deal has centered on the Lakers, for lots of causes (see under).

However which means the Pelicans must be prepared commerce companions, and that is not the place issues stand proper now, reported.

“New Orleans has little interest in acquiescing Anthony Davis to the Lakers proper now,” NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski stated.

— An earlier Los Angeles Instances report stated any Lakers provide to the Pelicans for Davis, 25, “has to start out” with guard Lonzo Ball, ahead Kyle Kuzma, middle Ivica Zubac and a future first-round draft choose. However that is exhausting to reconcile with this actuality: New Orleans GM Dell Demps is “not selecting up his cellphone,” ESPN reported, citing an unidentified supply accustomed to the scenario.

Per a subsequent ESPN report Thursday afternoon:

For now, Demps is following the San Antonio Spurs’ preliminary playbook with Kawhi Leonard from a 12 months in the past: Settle for calls and take heed to deal ideas and provides.

Demps is selecting up his cellphone and returning calls — simply not from the Lakers, sources stated. From Paul George to Leonard to Davis, the Lakers’ entrance workplace is rising accustomed to icy receptions from groups enduring All-Star commerce calls for with a full 12 months left on their contracts.

— Davis, 25, is presently out with the finger damage and has not performed in a recreation since Jan. 18. When requested if Davis will play once more with the Pelicans, coach Alvin Gentry was noncommittal.

“That is a tough factor to reply,” he stated. “I do not actually know reply that. I assume that he’ll.”

— The hypothesis surrounding the Lakers and a Davis deal has been “weighing closely” on a number of of the L.A.’s younger gamers, in accordance with ESPN that cites unidentified league sources. 

Lakers coach Luke Walton, in accordance with the report, has addressed the rumors with particular person gamers however not the crew as an entire.

— In the meantime, as for these Lakers rumors, there have been studies this week that fairly than going to the Pelicans, Lonzo Ball would favor to be despatched to a 3rd crew that “would not have a longtime level guard” if he is embrace in a deal for Davis, in accordance with The Athletic.

The L.A. Instances reported that Ball — with little leverage, to be sincere — wish to play for the Knicks or the Bulls:

Though Lonzo Ball has no say in the place he lands in a commerce, his choice could be for the Lakers to discover a third crew corresponding to Chicago or New York as a touchdown spot for the second-year level guard if he had been a part of a deal for New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis, in accordance with sources not approved to talk publicly.

That provides some definition to an earlier report that stated merely that Ball most popular to be moved to a “third crew that does not have a longtime level guard.”

— This a lot we all know: Davis is not going to signal an extension with New Orleans and desires to be traded, agent Wealthy Paul instructed ESPN. The Lakers “have been decided” to commerce for him, in accordance with ESPN, however the middle has “not given the Pelicans a listing of most popular locations,” the Los Angeles Instances reported.

“Anthony has nothing however respect for the group that he’s presently with and shall be with till they resolve that they wish to honor the request that we’ve made,” Paul instructed the Instances. “So on the finish of the day I believe it’s about what’s greatest for each Anthony and the group going ahead. This offers path. Everybody has a transparent understanding, and we go from there.”

ESPN reported that “Lakers president Magic Johnson and normal supervisor Rob Pelinka plan to make an aggressive push to amass Davis earlier than the Feb. 7 deadline, armed with confidence that Davis needs to play for the Lakers and would signal an extension, league sources stated.”

— The Pelicans, as talked about, say they will not be rushed into any deal. They’re prepared to take heed to all provides however “will not make a deal earlier than subsequent Thursday’s NBA commerce deadline except they’re provided an awesome bundle for the franchise’s star,” ESPN reported, citing unidentified league sources.

In the identical report, ESPN says Paul could attempt to “depress” curiosity in Davis by anybody however the Lakers:

“(M)ultiple league sources count on the agent and star to quickly ship phrase all through the league that Davis’ most popular vacation spot is the Lakers and he’ll turn out to be a rental participant till 2020 with a commerce anyplace else.

“It could be an try to depress provides within the market, a approach to maybe make the Lakers’ commerce bundle extra interesting.”

— A major goal of a transfer to depress curiosity is perhaps the Celtics, who when the Davis information broke on Monday instantly turned the topic of conjecture. Yahoo Sports activities studies that Davis is not notably thinking about Boston as a possible vacation spot:

“Concerning crew preferences, Boston just isn’t a prime goal for Davis, sources stated. There’s a rising perception of uncertainty that Kyrie Irving will re-sign with Boston, sources stated, though he vowed to take action initially of the season.”

The Celtics, due to the NBA’s Rose Rule, cannot make any deal for Davis official till Irving’s contract expires July 1.

— The Celtics pressured delay, compounded by the uncertainty of whether or not Irving will even re-sign, pushes Boston to the again burner and doubtlessly makes the Knicks probably the most engaging touchdown spot within the Japanese Convention from a commerce perspective.

Notes Yahoo Sports activities: The Knicks have worthwhile commerce chips in Kristaps Porzingis, rookie Kevin Knox and doubtlessly the No. 1 general choose in 2019.

Davis has missed the Pelicans final 5 video games with a finger damage. He’s averaging 29.three factors and 13.three rebounds this season.  

Ball sprained his ankle final week and is predicted to overlook four-to-six weeks whereas Kuzma is tallying 19.1 factors per recreation this season. Zubac was chosen by the Lakers within the second spherical of the 2016 draft.

The Lakers are 26-25 forward of Thursday’s recreation towards the Clippers.

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