Looks like the Lakers have officially called it quits on the A.D. sweepstakes amid reports of the Pelicans' "outrageous" requests. Broderick Turner of the L.A. Times has more:
The Lakers have “pulled out” of any more conversations in trying to acquire New Orleans All-Star Anthony Davis because of the Pelican’s “outrageous” trade requests, according to a person with knowledge of the situation not authorized to speak publicly.
Magic Johnson, the Lakers president of basketball operations, told New Orleans general manager Dell Demps Tuesday morning that Los Angeles had made its best offer that the Pelicans had wanted, but that the Lakers were not willing to add anything else and would be moving on, a person said.
The Lakers were not going to give the Pelicans the six to eight draft picks they wanted for Davis, the person said, knowing that the four first-round picks and second-round picks were more than the Lakers would offer.
In a surprising twist, the Lakers are done bidding against themselves in the race for Anthony Davis, especially when the New Orleans star is due to hit free agency next summer.
If the Pelicans find themselves keen on making a counteroffer, the Lakers would be there to listen.
But, for now, these talks have reached their end, and it's looking like we'll have to wait until the summer to find out what happens with Davis.