Pels declined to play 'healthy' Davis, report says

Florence Fletcher
February 7, 2019

The Pelicans have lost seven of their past 10 games and slid to 13th in the west at 23-30, 5.5 games behind the Clippers.

The Los Angeles Lakers have pulled out of conversations aimed at trying to acquire New Orleans All-Star forward Anthony Davis because of the Pelicans' "outrageous" trade requests, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

Davis will not sign an extension with New Orleans and wants to be traded, agent Rich Paul told ESPN in late January. During Tuesday's game against the Indiana Pacers, Brandon Ingram was the target of a brutal "LeBron's going to trade you" chant while shooting free throws.

"That's just fans being fans", James said. Outside of LeBron James in his prime, I'm not sure there's a single player in the league worth risking your franchise's success over the next decade on. "I've been working to get my finger back healthy".

Head coach Alvin Gentry spoke about sitting Davis and how the rumors have been affecting the team.

Los Angeles fell to IN on the road 136-94 and the 42-point loss was the largest margin of defeat IN James' career.

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That's a great decision from the people in Los Angeles.

The Clippers had trailed 88-68 in the third quarter but rallied behind 34 points from Harris and 31 from Lou Williams. James led the Lakers with 18 points. The Philadelphia 76ers fell to Toronto 119-107.

The Pelicans haven't countered the Lakers' offers but do have expectations that Johnson will overwhelm them with young players and a historic haul of draft picks. Bojan Bogdanovic and Myles Turner led the way for IN with 24 and 22 points respectively. Serge Ibaka and Kyle Lowry scored 20 points each - Lowry returning after missing a game with a sore back. Ainge is eager to trade for Davis and pair him with Irving, sources said.

Amid other reports suggesting the Grizzlies are poised to ship Gasol to the Hornets the Spanish center didn't play for Memphis as they hosted the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Turner, who went 3-for-3 from deep, Holiday, Sumner and Joseph each made three 3-pointers.

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