The Pelicans were using the Lakers as collateral, and Magic Johnson has had enough.
Los Angeles is all-in for Anthony Davis, but there have to be limits as to how much they give up.
Lakers pull out of Anthony Davis trade talks amid 'outrageous' requests by Pelicans https://t.co/VpB2P0pGa6— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) February 5, 2019
New Orleans has no real incentive to trade AD to the Lakers right now, as more enticing offers will be available to them in the offseason (cough: Boston).
While LA is clearly in win-now mode, trading all of your future assets and the majority of the young role players on the roster leaves LA with LeBron, Davis and G-League level spare parts.
If Pelicans want to counter the Lakers most recent offer on Davis, Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka are obviously anxious to find a pathway for a trade. This is a negotiation tactic on behalf of Lakers, who have wanted New Orleans to show more initiative in the process. https://t.co/A18urbnu6h— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 5, 2019
The Pelicans' asking price is absurd, and they're banking on the fact they'll receive the likes of Jayson Tatum in offers this summer.
🧐— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) February 5, 2019
Danny Ainge is one of the best GMs in the NBA. He could very well be running laps around Dell Demps and keeping Davis from their arch-rival at the same time.
In the meantime, LA better hope Demps is enticed to pick up the phone and make a realistic offer of his own.