According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Lakers have improved their offer to the New Orleans Pelicans for Davis that includes young players, draft picks, and salary cap relief. New Orleans has a lot to gain from waiting to trade Davis. New Orleans has listed Davis as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Chicago Bulls.
The Lakers and Knicks were already known as appealing destinations to Davis. The Celtics, the team with the best assets to give to a small market team whose best player requested a trade, is not allowed to make a trade.
However, if the deal is dead ahead of the deadline, the Lakers have asserted that they will not get into a bidding war for Davis this summer, most likely with the Celtics, who must wait until July 1 to make any deal for Davis because of Kyrie Irving's contract, per the NBA's Rose Rule.
There are conflicting reports on what the Celtics would be willing to offer for Davis.
With the 2019 National Basketball Association trade deadline just 48 hours away - Thursday, Feb. 7 at noon PT/3 p.m. ET - here's a whip around the web for the latest trade chatter.
This gives another big market team like the Lakers a chance of strong-arming the Pelicans into a awful trade that only benefits one team. Odds are they won't part with the first pick in this year's draft with the possibility of landing Zion Williamson, so that's off.More news: Job Gains Largest in 11 Months as Unemployment Rate Rises
According to Brad Turner, the Lakers pulled out of trade negotiations amid the outrageous asking price that the Pelicans had for Davis. But I need all three of my boys on the court 'cause that's 60 percent of the team that's in to winning and not anxious about how much money they're going to make.
The six-time All-Star recently asked to be traded, and reportedly gave New Orleans a list of four teams he'd sign with long term.
Let's say this trade goes through.
Deveney writes that the Blazers have shown interest in New Orleans Pelicans forward Nikola Mirotic, Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier, Atlanta Hawks guard Jeremy Lin, and Memphis Grizzlies forward JaMychal Green.
In Morris' case, he would have to agree to sign with the Pelicans, a rebuilding team without Davis. The Pelicans believe that the Lakers' bid at the trade deadline will still be available to them in the offseason, sources said. He has no plans to sign an extension with any team this summer, expecting to do so when he becomes a free agent.