Anthony Davis Taken Out of Pelicans Intro After Requesting Trade

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Davis has missed the Pelicans' last five games with a finger injury.

For now, the Celtics are unconvinced that Davis would be willing to walk out on a championship core with Boston for the Lakers. Barring a drastic change in the second half of the season, the Lakers' young pieces will remain far from equivalent to what the Celtics can send New Orleans.

Davis' trade request caught Pelicans officals by surprise, and it is "far from guaranteed" that they will trade him before the February 7 deadline, reports Jake Fischer of SI.

Based on Wojnarowski and Lowe's report and Ainge's comments, it seems Boston believes it can hold on to Davis if they acquire him, having gone through a similar situation with Garnett.

According to Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times, Ball's preference would be to not land with the Pelicans in a trade.

Davis is under contract with New Orleans through the end of the 2019-20 season.

Ball's camp has concerns about how crowded the Pelicans' backcourt is.

Hart took to Twitter to react to the news.

It would be truly ironic for Irving to force his way out of Cleveland to get away from James, only to work his way back to being his teammate several seasons later. He's averaging 9.9 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game.

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Both Tim Hardaway Jr. and Courtney Lee reportedly are headed to Dallas in the Porzingis trade as well, which will give the Knicks even more salary cap flexibility this summer.

It appears we have reached the "deleting photos of each other" stage of the breakup now taking place between Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans.

However, if the Lakers want to execute a deal for Davis without giving up draft picks, there may be a way they can pull it off.

As a result, the Lakers are pulling out no stops when it comes to their trade offers.

And yet, it might be in the Pelicans' best interest to try and stick it out until the offseason with their superstar. He's all potential for now, but his upside could be huge if he continues to develop.

Obviously, for any of these theorized deals to go down, the Pelicans would have to clear roster spots first since they're going to be picking up a lot more than losing in these trades.

The league office said in a written statement released Tuesday evening that Davis violated a collectively-bargained rule prohibiting players or their representatives from making public trade demands.

Lakers want to get deal done and have no plans on trying to outbid Celtics during the summer because Lakers will then pursue other free agents besides AD.

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