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Report: Lakers ‘Increasingly Pessimistic’ About Pelicans Trading Anthony Davis

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With the 2018-19 NBA trade deadline near, the Los Angeles Lakers are racing against the clock to trade for Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans.

Since Davis made a formal trade request through agent Rich Paul, the Lakers have been working to come up with five different scenarios to acquire him.

So far, there has been little to no traction on a trade given the Pelicans still have leverage in the situation. They may find better offers come July 1 depending on several factors like the 2019 NBA Draft and how teams fare in the playoffs.

It appears president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka are beginning to feel like a Davis trade may never materialize, according to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN:

Los Angeles has reportedly offered nearly the entire young core and several draft picks but it seems as though the Pelicans are still holding out for more. They also appear willing to take on additional salary in order to help the Pelicans clear their books, but they still have not been able to reach an agreement.

While this can be frustrating for the Lakers, the Pelicans are understandably mulling their offers and debating whether or not to wait until the offseason when a team like the Boston Celtics can join in on trade discussions. Teams never receive equal compensation when trading All-Star players away, and this is the exact case when dealing with someone of Davis’ caliber.

However, there is still time for the Lakers to up their offer even further if they are truly serious about trading for Davis. With time dwindling to make a deal, expect negotiations to go down to the wire.

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