Lakers end Anthony Davis talks over Pelicans' demands

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant and forward Pau Gasol

The trade deadline is at 12pm PST Thursday (8pm United Kingdom time), so the Lakers face a race against time to do a deal.

The report also said, the expectatoin is Davis' absence will extend until Thursday's trade deadline whether he wants to play or not.

Had the Lakers agreed to increase their offer, they would have essentially been trading two rosters for Davis; the one they have now and a future roster, given all of the draft picks that were asked for.

Had that deal been accepted, the Lakers would be left with LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Solomon Hill, Svi Mykhailiuk, Isaac Bonga, Johnathan Williams and Moritz Wagner. Although the Celtics can't be sure about Irving's forthcoming decision in July, they remain confident that he'll choose to stay in Boston, sources said.

The Boston Celtics and New Orleans Pelicans are keeping an open line of communication about an Anthony Davis trade entering Thursday's deadline, according to a report from Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald. Sources that spoke to ESPN said the Pelicans have not responded to the trade proposal.

The Lakers essentially feel they're owed Davis, but New Orleans isn't buying that notion.

Meanwhile, New Orleans has not expressed any interest in trading him before the February 7 trade deadline.

The Celtics could have access to four first-round picks in the June draft.

The New Orleans Pelicans can not allow themselves to get bullied into taking a deal early that doesn't net them the proper return.

What's more, there's a small possibility that the Knicks could win the draft lottery and become viable candidates for a trade. The Celtics, the team with the best assets to give to a small market team whose best player requested a trade, is not allowed to make a trade.

For now, anyway, the Lakers pursuit has several factors working against it. Zion Williamson is the unanimous first pick and has been for months, and he has the makings of a franchise player who would bring tremendous energy wherever he goes. Terry Rozier wouldn't be available for them to offer since he's a free agent after the season, and I'm not sure how interested the team would be in a soon-to-be free agent Hayward.

The Anthony Davis sweepstakes have taken an unexpected turn.

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