This is an excellent conspiracy theory on Anthony Davis and the Lakers

Pelicans special adviser to the GM Danny Ferry right and coach Alvin Gentry are working through Anthony Davis trade scenarios

One source even told the paper the Pelicans are hoping that if a trade can't be completed by the Thursday deadline, Davis will choose to stay with the Pelicans for the long haul, though the source added: "That's not going to happen".

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.

So far, the Lakers have felt that conversations with New Orleans have been one-sided, and they are growing increasingly pessimistic about the Pelicans' willingness to make a deal with them, sources with knowledge of the discussions told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne.

When the Pelicans hosted the Pacers Monday, the front office prevented an eager Anthony Davis from making his return from a left index finger injury, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports. After an underwhelming first offer to New Orleans last week, the Lakers reportedly sweetened the pot with another offer on Tuesday: Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson, and Michael Beasley, plus two first-round picks, for Davis and the contract of Solomon Hill.

"They wanted more and more and more", the Times quoted a source as saying. Irving, 26, previously said he planned to re-sign with the Celtics in the summer but has recently wavered in public on that promise. The Athletic's Shams Charania reported Ball would want to be moved to a third team that "doesn't have an established point guard" if he were to be included in a potential Davis deal.

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The Celtics could have access to four first-round picks in the June draft.

The Pelicans' demands have reportedly gotten way too high for the Lakers. Zion Williamson is the unanimous first pick and has been for months, and he has the makings of a franchise player who would bring tremendous energy wherever he goes. They also appear hopeful that the Celtics would include Tatum in a deal for Davis, which could be true, but may not result.

The importance of Davis, and moving him, is why New Orleans needs to wait. It's possible the Lakers and Pelicans could resume talks.

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

Davis informed the Pelicans that he wouldn't sign a five-year, $239 million supermax contract this summer.

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