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The saga Anthony Davis continues.
Technically, there is more than one scenario to follow by the NBA trade deadline on Thursday at 3 pm. AND. But the eyes of everyone in basketball are turned to Davis and, with good reason, he is a transformational talent that could upset a championship race now or in the near future.
Let's move on to Brow's latest buzz below, then see what's going on in the rumor.
The lakers make the big push of Davis, the pelicans remain patient
If the Lakers can not land Davis, it will not be for lack of a try.
LA's persistence continued on Monday as basketball operations president Magic Johnson reportedly presented what could be the best deal possible to New Orleans general manager Dell Demps: Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball, two first-round picks and willingness to absorb Salomon Hill's remaining salary, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com.
The fact that no agreement could be reached could highlight what the Lakers are facing.
Wojnarowski said that the Pelicans' organization still wanted to keep Davis past the deadline. ESPN Ramona Shelburne The Lakers added "that they felt that conversations with New Orleans were one-way and that they were becoming increasingly pessimistic about the Pelicans' willingness to reach an agreement with them." .
Davis, who will not reach free agent status before 2020, still seems most likely to join the Lakers at some point. Wojnarowski explained that Davis 'agent, Rich Paul, also agent and childhood friend of LeBron James, was working "to make the process progress towards a perception of inevitability about Davis' preferred future destination. , the Lakers ".
Davis would have provided Pelicans with a list of teams he would be ready to stay on, including the Lakers, New York Knicks, Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers. But the Bucks and Clippers probably do not have the parts needed to make an exchange. The Kristaps Porzingis-less Knicks could not, either, unless they reached the first choice.
Nevertheless, even though Davis and the Lakers have mutual interests, the latest news shows that pelicans remain in charge of this process. And if they are not in love with what the Lakers can offer, this process is likely to drag on.
Jazz, Pistons at the helm of the Mike Conley Competition
While the Memphis Grizzlies seem to be making a sale, the contenders turn around Beale Street with eyes on Mike Conley.
Utah's Pistons Jazz and Detroit would be "the most serious players in the race", according to Andy Larsen of Salt Lake Tribune. The Jazz started bidding with an offer involving Ricky Rubio and his first-round pick of 2019. The Pistons would have responded with Reggie Jackson and a first.
Jackson is the least talented and has a longer contract. That said, Detroit's draft pick will almost certainly be better.
Consider this as a coin, then, until (or if) one of the two parties is reunited with additional assets. That's at least the hope of the Grizzlies, who need a bitter war against Conley to make up for the fact that they've probably waited too long to break that kernel.
Conley, 31, averages 20.3 points, 6.3 assists and 1.4 volley per game.
Knicks trying to return Wesley Matthews
Kristaps Porzingis, who had incredible success last week, did not talk so much about what the New York Knicks have received at the moment, but rather what this return could become. .
The main assets were: limited space, choice of projects and lottery choices 2017, Dennis Smith Jr. But they also added a few tenants for veterans, one of them looking hard to collect additional pieces.
The Knicks "explore the trade market" for three-seater swingman D, Wesley Matthews, Marc Stein of New York Times, who added that several suitors hoped that he would reach the buyout market.
Although Matthews' $ 18.2 million salary, per basketball insider, may be hard to match, it's worth remembering that it's a sellers market, especially with wings. Even at age 32 with an Achilles tear in his past, he could still contribute as a 37.4% shooter, able to defend multiple positions.