If the asking price for Davis is truly that high, the Clippers would be better off sitting pat right now and waiting until this summer to make any sort of deal. The Suns have reached out to the Lakers and Pelicans and made clear their interest in joining the trade as a third team, according to a person familiar with their conversations who was not authorized to speak publicly.
The Times reported that the Lakers were not willing to give the Pelicans the six to eight draft picks they wanted.
It was reported earlier that Pelicans counter-offered Lakers for their "lowball" approach for Davis, after which the Lakers increased their offer.
Last week, Davis requested a trade from New Orleans, but he said he plans to play once he is healthy. However, the front office could also choose to shut Davis down for the remainder of this season and avoid risking an injury that could damage his trade value. Irving, 26, previously said he planned to re-sign with the Celtics in the summer but has recently wavered in public on that promise.
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New Orleans learned Monday of Davis' extended list of teams that he'd be willing to stay with long-term upon a trade. As the league has seen before, in the waning hours, a surprise team can find their way into the mix and claim the spoils of a superstar trade for themselves. The Pelicans could wait until the draft lottery in May, when they'll have a better idea of when and how Boston's protected picks in deals with Philadelphia, Memphis and the Clippers could be conveyed in a deal.
Lakers fans should rejoice that the Pelicans rejected this offer. They had cap-relief with Hill being in the deal. Zion Williamson is the unanimous first pick and has been for months, and he has the makings of a franchise player who would bring tremendous energy wherever he goes. "But the more they wanted, the more it became outrageous and unrealistic". The Pelicans believe that the Lakers' bid at the trade deadline will still be available to them in the offseason, sources said. As a rookie, Ball made the NBA's All-Rookie Second Team. There is a theory bouncing around now that this list actually isn't Davis' real list, but is instead a way for Davis and his agent, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports Group, to force a way to join LeBron James and the Lakers. I doubt he would want to sign a large extension with a team bound for the lottery in the not-so-distant future. Davis will garner a super-max contract upward of $240 million whenever he lands.