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LA Lakers expected to push for Anthony Davis from New Orleans Pelicans before trade deadline

Reuters

Tuesday 29 January 2019 17:20, UK

Anthony Davis with LeBron James of the Lakers
Image: Boston Celtics and New York Knicks are also reportedly interested in Anthony Davis

The Los Angeles Lakers are expected to make an aggressive play to acquire Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans before next week's trade deadline, according to reports.

The Lakers are poised to reach out to New Orleans soon, ESPN reports, but the Pelicans made it clear on Monday that they are in no rush to deal Davis, saying: "We will do this on our timeline."

Anthony Davis requests trade from New Orleans Pelicans

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The trade deadline is February 7, and the Lakers are reportedly willing to part with a combination of picks and players, including Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and Lonzo Ball to acquire Davis.

The Lakers are expected to have competition from the Boston Celtics and New York Knicks, both of whom are preparing offers.

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NBA Hall of Famer David Robinson shares his thoughts on New Orleans Pelicans' center Anthony Davis

However, the Celtics are unable to acquire Davis until after July 1 due to a roster restriction in the CBA that prevents teams from having more than one "Rose Rule" players acquired via trade, and Boston acquired Kyrie Irving from Cleveland in 2017.

Davis' agent Rich Paul informed the club this past weekend that Davis would not sign an extension and wants to be traded.

Davis signed a five-year, $127 million contract before the 2016-17 season. The fifth year is a player option, so Davis could become a free agent in the summer of 2020. He would have been eligible to sign a five-year, $240 million supermax extension this summer, but has eschewed that in order to win and play for a big-market team.

The Pelicans selected Davis with the No. 1 overall pick of the 2012 NBA Draft.

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Anthony Davis puts up a dominant performance scoring a season-high 43 points against the Knicks

He has been named first-team All-NBA three times and has appeared in five All-Star games. He turns 26 in March.

Davis is averaging 29.3 points and 13.3 rebounds per game this season. He has missed the past four games with a fractured left index finger.

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