The Lakers could be moving closer to acquiring Anthony Davis.
Los Angeles has “made progress towards completing a multi-team deal” with the Pelicans for the 26-year-old star, according to a report from SNY, which cites an unidentified league source.
The No. 4 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, which is currently held by the Lakers, has been discussed as an asset to help New Orleans acquire a “high-level player in multi-team deals,” according to a separate report from ESPN.
The Pelicans are asking for an “All-Star player, a young player with All-Star potential and two first-round picks” in exchange for Davis, according to ESPN.
Davis would be open to playing with the Lakers and star LeBron James, his agent, Rich Paul told Sports Illustrated in a recent interview.
“My thing is: Take LeBron off the Lakers. Are the Lakers not a great destination for an arguably top-two player that went to Kentucky and won a national championship, signed with Nike?” Paul said. “For a team that’s had centers from George Mikan to Wilt Chamberlain to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to Shaq?
“So now, when you add LeBron, that’s what? The cherry on top. LeBron’s 34 years old. Anthony Davis is 26. So, when LeBron’s done playing, the Anthony Davis trade is still rolling. What better place to do it than L.A.? If it was L.A. — I never said ‘L.A.’ But there’s no negative to that.”
The six-time All-Star told the Pelicans in late January he did not plan to re-sign when he could opt out of his contract after 2019-20 and asked the team to move him. Davis averaged 25.9 points and 12 rebounds in 56 games last season.
The Lakers finished 2018-19 with a 37-45 record and missed the playoffs for a sixth straight year. They’ve been linked to multiple top free agents — including Kemba Walker, Kawhi Leonard and Jimmy Butler — but they’re reportedly not the “front-runners” to sign any of those players.
The Celtics are also discussing a potential trade for Davis, ESPN’s report notes. Paul told Sports Illustrated Davis would not ink a long-term extension if he was acquired by Boston. The team, however, has been undeterred in its pursuit of Davis, according to the report.
So far, Boston has been undeterred in pursuing Davis -- despite his agent insisting AD would be a 2020 flight risk in free agency. For Boston, Davis could still be its best case to keep Kyrie Irving. Story soon on https://t.co/XcwLHcsHad https://t.co/C9NwYJiObX— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 12, 2019
The Pelicans could look to move Davis before the draft, which is set for Thursday, June 20.