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.
The Los Angeles Times reported that Magic Johnson, the Lakers’ president of basketball operations, told New Orleans general manager Dell Demps on Tuesday that the Lakers had made their best offer, were not willing to add anything else and were done with negotiations, said the person who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
The person said the Lakers were not willing to give up the six to eight draft picks the Pelicans sought for Davis.
The Lakers later Tuesday agreed in principle to acquire Reggie Bullock from Detroit for rookie Svi Mykhailiuk. The trade is expected to be completed Wednesday. The Lakers wanted Bullock because of his shooting — he’s making 38.4 percent of his 3-point tries and 87.5 percent of his foul shots.
Late Monday night, the Lakers had changed their offer at the request of the Pelicans, two people with knowledge of the situation said.
The Lakers agreed to send their young core of Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and Ivica Zubac to the Pelicans, as well as guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, the two people said.
The Lakers’ final offer did include two first-round draft picks, they said. Los Angeles also offered to give New Orleans the salary-cap relief it wanted by acquiring Solomon Hill, who has another year left on his contract after this season for $12.7 million.
Over the course of talks, the Lakers made several changes to their proposals, a source said.
“They wanted more and more and more,” one person said. “There was no more to give. They had cap relief with Hill being in the deal. But the more they wanted, the more it became outrageous and unrealistic.”
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