Lakers and Celtics Open Trade Talks for Pelicans’ Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis with Pelicans. Photo by Stephen Lew/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

After Anthony Davis reiterated his trade demand last week, New Orleans Pelicans decided to officially start taking offers for the All-Star center. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the two teams that have already sent offers for Anthony Davis are Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics.

Lakers’ first offer reportedly includes point guard Lonzo Ball, forward Brandon Ingram and No.4 pick in the upcoming 2019 NBA Draft. While Los Angeles might include talented forward Kyle Kuzma in the deal as well, the team would prefer to keep onto him and include other assets.

Pelicans are believed to be intrigued by the offer but would like to try and include a third team which would allow them to flip the fourth overall pick for a veteran player.

Celtics, on the other side, are trying to push a picks-heavy package which would also include forward Jaylen Brown. There is no indication whether the team might consider parting with highly-touted forward Jason Tatum in the deal.

Boston finds themselves in a difficult situation as Anthony Davis, who will become a free agent next summer, previously indicated that he would not re-sign with the Celtics if traded there. Celtics could still make a deal despite this, as acquiring Davis would help them to keep pending free agent Kyrie Irving, who is reportedly already considering a change of scenery.

Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Clippers are also interested in getting Davis, but they weren’t able to present an enticing package to New Orleans.

The Davis trade saga might be over in the coming days, as Pelicans’ executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin is keen on parting with the player before 2019 NBA Draft on June 20th.