Miami Heat Not on Anthony Davis’ List of Preferred Trade Destinations

Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis

After their initial offers were panned, the Los Angeles Lakers appear to be getting down to business in Anthony Davis trade talks.

Which leaves the Lakers, who have already made a massive offer reportedly of Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma, two first-round draft picks s and salary-cap relief by taking on the salary of Solomon Hill.

The Pelicans, as has been said many times throughout the Davis ordeal, have plenty of reason to believe the Lakers offer will be there in the summer. New Orleans has a lot to gain from waiting to trade Davis.

New Orleans is seeking "four first-round and second-round picks as part of a trade package", according to the report.

The note was to the Pelicans, but it was actually to the rest of the National Basketball Association, and sent a clear message: If you're not one of those teams, don't bother offering the Pelicans a trade, because Davis is not going to stick around if you do. Wojnarowski also said that the Lakers would like the Pelicans to "show more initiative in the process", and that they will be waiting for a counter-proposal.

Still, Davis' camp has been engaged in an aggressive campaign to push back on the possibility of the All-Star center's future in Boston, encouraging the Pelicans to do a deal with the Lakers or another preferred team prior to Boston's chance to become active in deal talks in the offseason.

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Although the LA Clippers have reportedly not submitted a trade proposal for Davis, the LA Times' Andrew Greif wrote on Monday that the team's interest in the situation is "unclear", while implying that the Clippers could engage in discussions with the Pelicans at some point before Thursday's deadline. They may also be willing to deal a young player, with Jayson Tatum being the name mentioned most.

This gives another big market team like the Lakers a chance of strong-arming the Pelicans into a awful trade that only benefits one team. Even though the picks won't be high, they're still what the Pelicans asked of potential bidders.

Of course, the Lakers remain interested in Anthony Davis but they no longer want to bid against themselves, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. But the team chose to sit him Monday night, despite Davis "eagerly wanting to suit up", according to Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes. But a deal sending Davis to the Laker remains far from imminent.

The February 7th deadline is fast approaching and the window for the Pelicans to move Davis this season is closing.

Davis, who requested a trade a week ago through Paul, can't become a free agent until July 2020.

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