Pelicans want 4 1st-round picks from Lakers for Davis

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant and forward Pau Gasol

Los Angeles does not seem to have such a deal in the works right now, unless New Orleans foolishly decides to send Davis there before the deadline.

Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton (left) talks with forward LeBron James (23) against the Indiana Pacers during the third quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. This could prove to be a great leverage tactic for New Orleans, forcing the Lakers to have to try to outbid the impending Knicks and Celtics offers the Pelicans will receive during the offseason. To that point, that multiple current Celtics could be gone by the start of the 2019-20 season, either because they were part of the package for Davis or because they opted to leave the team in free agency.

Bringing Davis to the Lakers to play alongside LeBron James would give the team another major two-man combination in their history of success with such duos as Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson and Wilt Chamberlain and Jerry West.

The NBA's trade deadline is Thursday at 3 p.m. ET. Outside of LeBron James in his prime, I'm not sure there's a single player in the league worth risking your franchise's success over the next decade on. Ainge is eager to trade for Davis and pair him with Irving, sources said.

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The Lakers take on the Boston Celtics on Friday at 1am GMT as they look to return to form. 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.

The Lakers' final offer did include two first-round draft picks, they said. "King James' became the youngest player in National Basketball Association history to score 32,000 career points". There's a real possibility that the Pelicans and Davis could agree on a limited playing schedule post-trade deadline, but that's undetermined.

Lance Stephenson, Michael Beasley and Rajon Rondo have also been linked to the trade talks from the Lakers. "But the more they wanted, the more it became outrageous and unrealistic".

The Pelicans are being especially careful with Anthony Davis.

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