Ainge to pursue Anthony Davis regardless of Kyrie Irving's plans

Anthony Davis

The NBA's trade deadline is Thursday.

But the Pelicans reportedly wanted more, and Lakers president Magic Johnson said no. The Celtics also believe that a deal for Davis will help solidify his confidence in re-signing with the organization, sources said.

Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball (2) brings the ball up court during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, in Salt Lake City. Although the Celtics can't be sure about Irving's forthcoming decision in July, they remain confident that he'll choose to stay in Boston, sources said.

Perhaps that's OK with the Pelicans, especially if they're in the business for a package surrounding by an outrageous number of picks - which the team is apparently hoping to receive from the Lakers in the next few days, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

New Orleans Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis has expressed his distaste for his current team. Of particular concern for L.A.'s bid for Davis is whether or not Boston might include young talent Jayson Tatum in an offseason deal that would include first-round picks. The league's landscape is certainly feeling the tremors of the campaign by Paul and Davis.

However the Pelicans had requested between 6 and 8 draft picks.

The Bucks and Clippers, per multiple reports, have yet to make an offer for Davis while the Knicks have not re-engaged the Pelicans in discussions. "They had cap relief with [Solomon Hill] being in the deal, but the more they wanted, the more it became outrageous and unrealistic". The Lakers were also willing to include two first-round picks and take back the almost $13 million remaining on Solomon Hill's contract.

Davis, 25, requested a trade more than a week ago.

Trade deadline week is here, and, man, has it evolved quickly over the past four weeks.

For now, anyway, the Lakers pursuit has several factors working against it.

Landed in Indy; update on Lakers-Pelicans talks. How hard is it to be a player who gets traded?

A six-time All-Star, Davis has been just plain dominating in 41 games for the Pelicans this year, and has averaged a career-best 29.3 points and 13.3 rebounds per game.

In Morris' case, he would have to agree to sign with the Pelicans, a rebuilding team without Davis.

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