Lakers Rumors: Magic Johnson Spoke With Pelicans GM Dell Demps, Included Lonzo...

Lakers Rumors: Magic Johnson Spoke With Pelicans GM Dell Demps, Included Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma & Brandon Ingram In Anthony Davis Trade Offer

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Anthony Davis took the NBA world by storm this week when he and agent Rich Paul made it clear to the New Orleans Pelicans they were looking for a trade and didn’t have any intentions on signing a five-year, $240 million supermax contract extension this summer.

Davis and his representatives have also informed teams of a preference to join the Los Angeles Lakers. If he is traded anywhere else, Davis would treat it as a one-year stopgap before signing with the Lakers in 2020 free agency.

One significant roadblock to that is the Pelicans reportedly have no desire to appease Davis and give him what he wants by trading him to the Lakers, with general manager Dell Demps even going as far as not answering any phones calls from Los Angeles.

It appears that has since changed, however, as Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson spoke with Demps, according Brad Turner of the L.A. Times:

One reason the Lakers would like to get a deal done before the trade deadline is because if they wait until the summer, then the Boston Celtics can get involved.

If that ends up being the case, then the Lakers may instead pursue other max-caliber free agents instead of getting into a bidding war with Boston:

Johnson seems to be motivated to get a trade done within the next week as the Lakers’ offer reportedly includes almost all of their young core:

If Davis is set on joining the Lakers in 2020 regardless of where he is traded to, other teams may be reluctant to give up quality assets in a trade for him. So the Lakers’ offer that includes Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingrams and Ivica Zubac may be the best one that New Orleans receives.

Boston really is the wild card in all of this though as they may be able to trump the Lakers’ offer, but won’t be able to until July 1.

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