The trade deadline day was one that was uneventful when it came down to the entire Anthony Davis to Lakers saga, as the Lakers and Pelicans apparently couldn’t agree to a deal.
Days before the trade deadline, Anthony Davis had let the Pelicans know that he was looking for a trade.
The Lakers were on red alert since then, as they had for long been planning to recruit Davis and help him join forces with LeBron.
However, talks broke down a day before deadline day, as the Pelicans were forcing the Lakers to give up on a little too much.
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) February 9, 2019
“Anthony Davis embraces New Orleans, signs an extension with the team, gives them every opportunity to improve, and this is the fans reaction because he wanted to do what was better for his career? “pic.twitter.com/LXJ9iSsxmL
— Lord-Voldemort (@BrexStone37) February 9, 2019
Reports had stated that the Pelicans wanted almost the entire Lakers’ young core and had demanded 4 first round picks.
The Lakers were ready to offer 2 first round picks during initial negotiations but then the Pelicans demanded a little more.
While, no confirmation was provided on what the exact asking ‘price’ was, Brad Turner has revealed that the Pelicans let the Lakers know that it would take 4 first round and 2 second round picks(along with the Lakers core) to land Anthony Davis.
“Lakers will not get Anthony Davis from New Orleans, as NBA trade deadline has passed. But it’s not as if the Lakers didn’t do all they could to get AD. The Pelicans wanting 4 first round picks and 2 second round picks from Lakers stopped all talks immediately afterwards” Brad Turner tweeted.
Lakers will not get Anthony Davis from New Orleans, as NBA trade deadline has passed. But it’s not as if the Lakers didn’t do all they could to get AD. The Pelicans wanting 4 first round picks and 2 second round picks from Lakers stopped all talks immediately afterwards.
— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) February 7, 2019
Trade deadline passes — and Boston will get its chance to trade for Anthony Davis.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 7, 2019
Thus, Pelicans had demanded 6 picks from the Lakers, along with their young core, a deal that could have put Lakers’ future in jeopardy.
While Anthony Davis is a good enough player to have on your roster, you can’t really trade half your team and give away a large portion of your draft picks for one single player.
Now, according to reports, Pelicans have made it clear that if AD stays healthy up until the summer, the 6 draft picks deal would be the minimum asking price for AD(along with the young core).
While Lakers might not have the resources to give into Pelicans’ demands, Celtics or the Knicks could actually manage the required resources in order to land Anthony Davis.
Where do you think Anthony Davis will be traded to in the summer? Lakers currently do not seem to be leading the race and Celtics have a very strong chance.