The Davis camp spewing how much they don't want to play in Boston isn't ideal, but it won't deter Ainge from making a "Godfather" offer of his own this summer. While Los Angeles is looking to trade their young core of players for Davis, Brad Turner the Los Angeles Times reported an unnamed source said the Lakers were not willing to give up the six to eight draft picks the Pelicans had sought for Davis.
First things first, let's lay out what you NEED to know when thinking about a Davis-Celtics trade. 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.
On this episode of the LN Podcast, host Trevor Lane is joined by Alex Kennedy of Hoops Hype to discuss the latest in the Davis saga and why the Pelicans would turn down the Lakers' offer despite getting everything that they reportedly asked for.
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The Lakers were willing to give the Pelicans salary-cap relief by taking back Solomon Hill (who has a year left on his deal after this season at $12.7 million). In the latest offer, Ball was included along with almost half of the Lakers' roster and draft picks. There's a real possibility that the Pelicans and Davis could agree on a limited playing schedule post-trade deadline, but that's undetermined. There are 48 hours until the trade deadline for the teams to get the deal done.
For now, anyway, the Lakers pursuit has several factors working against it. While acquiring Davis becomes a tougher task this summer, when the Boston Celtics can get involved, trading away that many assets for a single player is a poor way to build the roster. Throughout his National Basketball Association career, the 25-year-old has averaged 24.0 points, 10.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.4 steals and 2.4 blocks per game.