'Significant' support within Pelicans to resist Lakers, hope for Jayson Tatum

'Significant' support within Pelicans to resist Lakers, hope for Jayson Tatum

The Los Angeles Lakers are said to be pessimistic about New Orleans' willingness to deal AD.

The Miami Heat are reportedly not one of the preferred trade destinations of New Orleans Pelicans big man Anthony Davis, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts in front of Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans after a 112-104 Laker win at Staples Center on December 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

Davis prefers a move to the Lakers, league sources told Wojnarowski.

As Woj tweeted Monday, the Pelicans want a player with an All-NBA ceiling in return for their own All-NBA mainstay. Other questions will remain for New Orleans' group, like how much of a tank can the Pelicans endure, how many games Davis plays the rest of the season and whether they make other deals to collect assets before the deadline. I guess we'll just have to see what, if anything, Davis, Rich Paul and Klutch Sports have left up their sleeve.

"But that's not going to happen", the Times source said. Irving, 26, previously said he planned to re-sign with the Celtics in the summer but has recently wavered in public on that promise.

This comes on the heels of Adrian Wojnarowski's earlier report that the club had been made aware of "a handful" of teams that the All-Star centre would be willing to sign for following a trade.

The Celtics could have access to four first-round picks in the June draft.

That is a rather large haul for the Pelicans, who probably feel like that same deal will be available to them this summer.

This gives another big market team like the Lakers a chance of strong-arming the Pelicans into a bad trade that only benefits one team. They reportedly want six-to-eight draft picks for Davis.

I'm not in the business of calling out sources; these things are often more complicated than they appear on the surface. Does Davis think the Pelicans should accept L.A.'s proposal? There are also always three- and four-team trade scenarios that could open up new player and draft-pick possibilities to the Pelicans in the offseason. The Lakers actually putting that offer on the table, or the Pelicans rejecting it?

Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times is reporting that Los Angeles is considering New Orleans' demands "outrageous". He has no plans to sign an extension with any team this summer, expecting to do so when he becomes a free agent.

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