Celtics willing to offer Pelicans everyone but Kyrie for Davis

Celtics willing to offer Pelicans everyone but Kyrie for Davis

Celtics willing to offer Pelicans everyone but Kyrie for Davis

Anthony Davis' time with the New Orleans Pelicans could be coming to an end sooner than expected. As it stands, the Pelicans have much of the leverage without there being any rush for New Orleans to make a deal ahead of the February 7 deadline.

While that is an issue for Ball and his representatives, New Orleans does not see the issue.

The Lakers are thought to be the top suitor for the superstar big man Davis, but the Pelicans are taking their time in any kind of deal - especially one that might involve the Lakers.

The biggest reason for this preference is because Ball's camp is unsure where he would fit in the Pelicans' current backcourt situation.

But what if, rather than take a first-round pick that'll likely be, at the highest, in the mid- to late-teens, New Orleans would prefer another proven young commodity instead?

Sources: Lakers let Demps know one of trade scenarios would include Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Ivica Zubac, No. 1 pick, per source. "The problem for Ball is that he's a key part of what the Pelicans want in a deal for Davis".

However, the Pelicans, who have Davis under contract through the 2019-20 season, made it clear Monday that they are in no rush to deal Davis, saying, "we will do this on our timeline". He has Denver sitting just one game back of first place in the Western Conference and on the verge of their first playoff berth since 2012-13. He's all potential for now, but his upside could be huge if he continues to develop.

However, Turner adds that the Lakers will not be interested in getting into a bidding war with Boston if they are forced to wait until the summer. Davis is averaging 29.3 points, second in the National Basketball Association to James Harden, with 13.3 rebounds, and his 30.9 player efficiency rating leads all players. But there's more going on in Tinseltown as the Deadline approaches.

The league office said in a written statement released Tuesday evening that Davis violated a collectively-bargained rule prohibiting players or their representatives from making public trade demands.

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