Published: Wed, February 06, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Anthony Davis still not interested in long-term deal with Celtics

Anthony Davis still not interested in long-term deal with Celtics

For now, they're sitting on offers, including the most recent one - in which the Lakers reportedly offered six players and two first-round draft picks to acquire AD and Solomon Hill (cap-clearing).

Whether Davis will play another game for the Pelicans is a question that Gentry couldn't answer. The best chance Davis has to force his way to the Lakers is by creating a level of chaos and uncertainty in the marketplace about his privately stated wishes. On the list of four teams, that's probably the best deal that anyone is going to offer.

The NBA trade deadline is on Thursday. Considering the Pelicans have already turned down an offer including five former first-round picks, as well as two future first-round picks, it'd be hard to imagine them accepting any offer from the Clippers.

The Pelicans' demands have reportedly gotten way too high for the Lakers.

But the Pelicans reportedly wanted more, and Lakers president Magic Johnson said no.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, New Orleans is waiting to be "overwhelmed" with a plethora of draft picks, meaning the Lakers would have to offer up 4 first-round and second-round picks as part of any Davis package.

Lakers pull out of Anthony Davis trade talks amid "outrageous" requests by Pelicans.

The perception could make other teams - say, the Knicks - step up their efforts to acquire the All-NBA star. Does Davis think the Pelicans should accept L.A.'s proposal?

The Davis camp spewing how much they don't want to play in Boston isn't ideal, but it won't deter Ainge from making a "Godfather" offer of his own this summer.

So far, the Lakers have felt that conversations with New Orleans have been one-sided, and they are growing increasingly pessimistic about the Pelicans' willingness to make a deal with them, sources with knowledge of the discussions told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne.

The importance of Davis, and moving him, is why New Orleans needs to wait.

A total of four picks - who can offer that? The Pelicans believe that the Lakers' bid at the trade deadline will still be available to them in the offseason, sources said. There is a theory bouncing around now that this list actually isn't Davis' real list, but is instead a way for Davis and his agent, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports Group, to force a way to join LeBron James and the Lakers.

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