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On Friday, Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium reported that the Los Angeles Lakers' offers to the New Orleans Pelicans for the great All-Star player Anthony Davis did not even deserve an answer:
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Sources: In pursuit of the star of the NBA Anthony Davis, the offers of the Lakers to the Pelicans have not been worth the answer or answer by Pelicans. The Lakers agreements have included Rajon Rondo or Lance Stephenson as central parts of the proposals, along with a couple of key young players.
But nevertheless, Tania Ganguli and Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times He informed on Saturday that the pels ".They are considering making a counter-offer that would call for two first-round picks and would add a Pelicans player to the agreement, according to people with knowledge of the situation who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. "
Turner also reported that the Lakers sent five business offers by email to the Pels on Wednesday. For Turner, one of them involved point guard Lonzo Ball, forwards Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma, center Ivica Zubac and a first-round pick for Davis.
The Lakers' elections do not seem particularly attractive. Los Angeles has all of its future first-round picks, but a James-Davis tandem will surely make the Lakers become a playoff team, which will prevent any possible lottery choices for New Orleans.
As of now, the Lakers are just two games away from the Los Angeles Clippers for the final playoff spot. If Davis jumped on board hypothetically before the trade deadline on Thursday, he could help recover that land quite easily.
Of course, it is not impossible for a team to get gold out of the lottery. The Lakers themselves did it with the promising Kuzma, who was the 27th pick in the 2017 draft. He's averaging 18.9 points per game this year.
The key is if Pels general manager, Dell Demps, can download some salary, which he apparently wants to do here.
But the most important note of all is that the Lakers seem to be willing to part with the four players of 25 and under on their team with the greatest potential. That gives Demps some intriguing options, as he already has a solid talent in his squad with Jrue Holiday, former Laker Julius Randle, striker Nikola Mirotic and rejuvenated center Jahlil Okafor.
In other words, if the Pels find a way to get the Central Lakers four more than the two recruiting selections of L.A., New Orleans may be in good shape.