The Lakers want Anthony Davis and apparently, Davis wants the Lakers.
The Athletic's Shams Charania is reporting that the disgruntled Pelicans center is focused on joining LeBron James in Los Angeles.
Anthony Davis is focused on the Lakers as his top preferred destination, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium. The Knicks are also as a preferred landing spot, and made push to New Orleans with offer around Kristaps Porzingis before the Dallas deal.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 1, 2019
On Thursday, The Los Angeles Times' Brad Turner reported that the Lakers made five trade proposals to Pelicans GM Dell Demps. One of the reported offers had the Lakers shipping Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Ivan Zubac and a future first-round pick to New Orleans for Davis.
Any team other than the Lakers must take caution when trading for Davis. ESPN reported on Thursday that the All-Star big man views all destinations other than the Lakers as a one-year stop.
The Boston Celtics may be able to offer a better package on July 1, but Charania is reporting that Davis is not interested in staying in Boston long term.
Sources @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium: The Boston Celtics aren't a preferred destination long-term for New Orleans star Anthony Davis, and in Davis' mind, remain a rental option.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 1, 2019
Charania reports the the New York Knicks are also a preferred destination for Davis, but that seems less likely after the Knicks traded their best asset -- Kristaps Porzingis -- to the Mavericks on Thursday.