With the NBA trading period exactly a week away and Anthony Davis currently on ice, the only real trading window of the Los Angeles Lakers was the Brow without Danny Ainge and Boston's superior collection assets that are involved … right now. Since Boston can beat just about anything that Magic Johnson and the Lakers can put together, the Pelicans basically have no reason to get rid of Davis before the deadline, even though they did not seem to have prevented it from trying. A complicating factor in all of this is that Pelicans GM Dell Demps just has not answered the phone in the last few days, which is great and stupid and may well be a brilliant bargaining tactic.
This afternoon's happy news: Demps still has no good reason to trade AD, but he has at least found his phone . Magic Johnson apparently presented Demps yesterday "five different trading scenarios" and the two plan to speak again soon. I think this is progress, though ESPN reports that Demps "did not hurry to get fully involved", in part because Pelicans owner Gayle Benson is not prepared to fall into a large market team ,
It has also become clear that LA knows they need to throw the kitchen sink in New Orleans to have a chance at all.
The only way that the Lakers could gain influence over the Lakers Pelicans would do it if Davis would announce that he was only after trading at the Lakers would sign again. Theoretically, that would shrink the market and force the Pelicans to play with LA Ball. Interestingly, ESPN also reports that Davis is beginning to do so:
Teams interested in trading Davis – including the Boston Celtics – are in full force – The Finding mode and the information that comes back are the following: ESPN Davis's plan is to treat every trade destination as a one-year stop – with the exception of the Lakers. The teams learn that Davis's declared intention is to play the season elsewhere when traded outside the Lakers, but switch to the Lakers in 2020 as a free agent.
The reason why Davis and his representatives are skeptical about Boston is reported The belief that Kyrie Irving will leave the team this summer. It is not obvious that this ends. Both most obvious parties have difficulties here. Either somebody's going to undermine it, or Davis will have to sit sullenly in New Orleans for another 18 months.