As the 2018-19 NBA trade deadline continues to approach on Feb. 7, all attention has been on Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans, and the Los Angeles Lakers.
Since Davis came out and requested a trade, the league has been keenly monitoring the situation to see if and where the 25-year-old ultimately ends up.
The Los Angeles Lakers have been pegged as the favorites to land Davis, but a deal has yet to gain any traction so far. The Pelicans are in an unenviable position of having to trade away a five-time All-Star player and are most likely taking their time and thoroughly evaluating all their options.
It appears the Pelicans may have an idea of what a possible trade could look like, according to Tania Ganguli and Broderick Turner of Los Angeles Times:
The Pelicans are considering a counter offer that would ask for two first-round picks and add a Pelicans player to the deal, according to people with knowledge of the situation who requested anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
The original trade proposal reportedly included Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Ivica Zubac, and a first round draft pick. While that is already quite the haul, it appears the Pelicans are also looking to extract a couple more assets.
Aside from more valuable draft picks, including another contract like Solomon Hill‘s would also further clean up their salary cap table moving forward. If they are to move Davis, it only makes sense they would also try to clear enough room to take on salaries from other teams in exchange for future draft considerations.
The Lakers should leave no offers off the table given that Davis is one of the few franchise-altering players in the league. Hopefully, he is donning the purple and gold before the trade deadline passes.