If you'll listen to any of the other reports, they'll hint that the Lakers just don't have enough to entice the Pelicans into trading Anthony Davis. After offering a series of five different trade scenarios, the Pelicans apparently turned them all down, feeling "unimpressed" with what was on the table.
But might they be closer than we thought? According to Tania Ganguli and Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times, there might actually be more to these Anthony Davis trade talks between L.A. and New Orleans.
"The Pels are considering making a counteroffer 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."
If the Pelicans are willing to make a counteroffer, it means the deal that the Lakers threw at them isn't far off from what they might be interested in. And who might the added player on New Orleans' side be? It could be anyone, but how about Julius Randle, a former member of the Lakers and a perfect big man off the bench.
Getting Randle back would make giving up their young core much more acceptable.
Even still, it seems the Lakers aren't in the mood to negotiate right now. With the trade deadline looming and the Celtics itching to get in on the action, it'll be up to L.A. to move fast before their perfect window of opportunity closes. Anthony Davis is the guy they've been waiting for, and whether or not they are successful in signing him will have huge implications for the future.