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 Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Lance Stephenson, Rajon Rondo, and Michael Beasley 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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