Can Magic pull a rabbit out of his hat?
Despite offering just about everyone on the roster not named LeBron James to the Pelicans in exchange for Anthony Davis, New Orleans ownership seems content to wait out a trade until the offseason, with the hopes of receiving a better deal from the likes of the Boston Celtics or others. Johnson is hoping to reverse that trend, and is making a late push to convince Dell Demps and Co. to make the move now.
Lakers president Magic Johnson has New Orleans engaged in talks on Anthony Davis, but must still overcome significant support within the Pelicans organization to let Thursday's trade deadline expire with the All-Star remaining on the roster. Story on ESPN: https://t.co/Vts93I6des— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 5, 2019
The Lakers know making such a deal will be much tougher in the offseason, when they have more competition for Davis' services. Upon hearing that AD was open to signing extensions with multiple teams (not just the Lakers), Rob Pelinka upped his initial offer, but it fell on deaf ears.
The Pelicans aren't budging right now, and from the outside looking in, it's out of spite.
Rival GM’s around the league believe the Pelicans could use the Lakers most recent trade offer as a “baseline” for other trade offers they receive in the off-season, per Woj.— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) February 5, 2019
Could New Orleans just be using the Lakers to receive better offers this summer? If so, it's an unusually savvy move from Demps, a man who's been routinely mocked for his negotiating skills.