It seems as if the Lakers finally got through to Pelicans' GM Dell Demps after he reportedly ignored several phone calls from teams interested in Anthony Davis. The Pelicans' star is demanding his way out of New Orleans, and the team is figuring out its future without the superstar.
Adrian Wojnarowski has reported that Magic Johnson finally made contact with Demps on Thursday and the two sides are in discussion over potential trades for The Brow.
Lakers and Pelicans executives have connected on the phone concerning Anthony Davis, league sources tell ESPN. They're expected to talk again prior to next week's trade deadline.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 31, 2019
Adding another superstar to the mix in Los Angeles has become a top priority for the front office, and with Davis making himself available, the time is ripe for the Lakers to pull off a blockbuster deal.
Apparently, Magic Johnson entered the discussions aggressively. Reports suggest that Johnson offered five different trade offers to Demps as a means of starting off the conversation.
That's one way to kick it off. The Pelicans will have five offers from the Lakers to weigh out and ultimately decide on which one interests the team the most. It's an unusual tactic but with the trade deadline looming, the Lakers and Pelicans need to get this deal done quickly, or risk waiting until the offseason when more teams will be in play for Davis.
Lakers want to get deal done and have no plans on trying to outbid Celtics during the summer because Lakers will then pursue other free agents besides AD.— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) January 31, 2019
The Celtics are one team hoping to snag Davis from the Pelicans, but won't be able to do so until this offseason (unless they move Kyrie Irving before making the deal). Should the Lakers pull this off before the trade deadline they would be able to pursue other star free agents in the offseason and could contend this season as well.