Thearen’t willing to part with ahead of Thursday’s trade deadline without landing a massive return.
New Orleans is reportedly seeking four first-round picks and second-round picks from theto part with the six-time All-Star, according to .
There’s some urgency for the Lakers to try and get a deal done prior to the deadline. Not only will they secure Davis for the rest of this season and next, but they’ll also prevent the Boston Celtics from having a shot at trading for the star center. Los Angeles is one of Davis’ preferred destinations, and the club reportedly offered a package of, , , , , and in hopes of landing Davis.
It was reported earlier Monday that there is debate among the Pelicans’ front office about a willingness to trade Davis to Los Angeles, leading Lakers president Magic Johnson to grow increasingly pessimistic about a deal getting done.
Davis has not played since Jan. 19 due to a hand injury, but was cleared for practice Monday. There is no guarantee the Pelicans will play him again this season, even if he isn’t traded.
The 25-year-old is averaging a career-high 29.3 points, 12.3 rebounds and 2.6 blocks in 41 games this season while earning $25.4 million.
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