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In order for the Lakers to acquire Anthony Davis, they have to actually propose some trade scenarios.
Check, check, check, check and check.
Magic Johnson spoke with Pelicans GM Dell Demps on Wednesday and presented five different options, sources told Brad Turner of The Los Angeles Times.
The Lakers are willing to give up a lot for The Brow's services:
Sources: Lakers let Demps know one of trade scenarios would include Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Ivica Zubac, No. 1 pick, per source.— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) January 31, 2019
But is New Orleans even considering executing a deal with the Lakers, or is the organization just doing its due diligence?
As ESPN's Zach Lowe and Adrian Wojarowski reported on Thursday morning:
Pelicans owner Gayle Benson is enthusiastically carrying the small-market banner, pushing back on any planned superstar union of James and Davis in the NBA's glamour market.
If Davis wants to be a Laker, the Pelicans' mantra so far is simply: Feel free to join L.A. as a free agent in 2020 and potentially punt on the 2019-20 season -- when James will turn 35 -- to keep the requisite cap space open.
Besides, the Pelicans may simply be waiting until July 1 so they can trade Davis to the Celtics:
We are one week away from the trade deadline and this story is certainly bound to take some twists and turns...
Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller