Trade deadline week is here, and, man, has it evolved quickly over the past four weeks.
According to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne, the Lakers have felt conversations with New Orleans have been one-sided and they are growing increasingly pessimistic about the Pelicans willingness to do a deal with them.
Davis has been the hot topic in the National Basketball Association since he requested a trade out of New Orleans last week, and his agent, who also represents LeBron James, is trying his damnedest to team his clients up in Los Angeles.
The NBA's trade deadline is at 3 p.m. ET Thursday. 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.
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However, the Times, citing a person with knowledge of the negotiations, reported Tuesday that the Lakers had now ended discussions after growing increasingly frustrated with the Pelicans. Because Irving and Davis signed similarly large rookie extensions based on their accomplishments under their first contracts, a team is not allowed to trade for a "Rose Rule" player when they already have one on their roster that was acquired via trade.
The Lakers are one of four Davis reportedly informed the Pelicans he would like to be traded to.
The perception could make other teams - say, the Knicks - step up their efforts to acquire the All-NBA star.
In the midst of speculations over Lakers' move for Davis, LeBron James also made a statement. Does Davis think the Pelicans should accept L.A.'s proposal? The Lakers actually putting that offer on the table, or the Pelicans rejecting it?
Davis, who requested a trade a week ago through Paul, can't become a free agent until July 2020.