The Los Angeles Lakers are doing everything they can to get Anthony Davis across to the West to team up with LeBron James in a move to bring the franchise closer to a championship. The New Orleans Pelicans have proposed their counteroffer to the Lakers initial offer, the Pelicans are asking for Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart, their fourth overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft and a future first-rounder, according to Brandon Robinson of the Scoop B podcast.
It’s quite a big ask with the Lakers originally offering a package that composed of Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and their fourth overall pick. The offer clearly wasn’t enough for Pelicans executive vice president David Griffin who was quick to get back with a counteroffer. Griffin wants an All-Star player, a player with high potential and two first-round picks as compensation for losing such a great young star like Davis.
Many believe that it’s too high of a price, this looks to be a similar case to the Kawhi Leonard and Jimmy Butler trades that happened this season.
The trade may all come down to how willing the Lakers are to trade away Kyle Kuzma as it’s been rumored that the franchise is hesitant about giving away Kuzma. The Pelicans are very insistent on having Kyle Kuzma join the franchise and he may be the key to getting the deal done.
The two franchises failed to come to an agreement earlier in the season which forced Davis into remaining with the Pelicans for the remainder of the season. Now is the opportunity for the two teams to come together and find a suitable deal that both franchises would agree on.