The NBA trade deadline is on Thursday.
They are rumored to have already presented the Pelicans with a massive offer of Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Rajon Rondo, Michael Beasley, Lance Stephenson, and two first-round picks, but it appears that the Pelicans are still hoping to get more.
"I kind of tend not to play much fantasy basketball, that's how I've always been", James said, via the Los Angeles Times.
"They wanted more and more and more", the Times quoted a source as saying.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports the Lakers no longer were interested in bidding against themselves for Davis. Until then, New Orleans is curious about whether the Celtics might include young star Jayson Tatum into an offseason trade along with a package of first-round picks, sources said.
If Davis isn't dealt before the February 7 deadline, the Pelicans could allow him to return and finish the season with the team. The league's landscape is certainly feeling the tremors of the campaign by Paul and Davis. Bad because the Pelicans know they lose the upper-hand-despite Ainge reportedly expressing he will make a better offer. What's important to mention here is the salary cap relief they'll receive by being able to offload the rest of Solomon Hills contract worth another $13.2 million next season.
Giving in to the Pelicans' demands for between six and eight draft picks would have been lunacy.
The Lakers were also winning to also send the Pelicans two first-round draft picks.
What's more, there's a small possibility that the Knicks could win the draft lottery and become viable candidates for a trade.
It seems unlikely the Lakers would take the Pelicans up on these raised stakes.
For now, anyway, the Lakers pursuit has several factors working against it. How hard is it to be a player who gets traded?
In Morris' case, he would have to agree to sign with the Pelicans, a rebuilding team without Davis.
The question I'd like to pose for Pelicans fans is: would you want to enter a contract year for a budding player so soon after finally putting the Anthony Davis saga behind you?