LeBron James thinks trade rumors have been 'tough' on young Lakers

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

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

The loss came days after it was reported that the Lakers offered their entire young core - Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, Kyle Kuzma, Ivica Zubac and picks - in a proposal to the Pelicans, only to have New Orleans ask for even more. The trade deadline will pass Thursday, so those "LeBron's going to trade you" chants should die down after that.

Anthony Davis is now healthy, but New Orleans won't let him play.

"Bottom line, we have to be better", said Walton, who said he didn't know if some of the Lakers players had been adversely affected by trade talk swirling around the team.

When he spoke to reporters last week for the first time since his trade request, Davis said he planned on playing for the Pelicans again this season if he was still on the team past the trade deadline.

Myles Turner hit a pair of 3-pointers, while Bogdanovic, Aaron Holiday and Cory Joseph added one apiece in the second period, during which the Pacers outscored the Lakers 36-20 to build a 69-46 halftime lead. The only teams he wants a longterm deal with left are the Bucks, Clippers and Knicks. "Obviously, it's a tough situation, but my intention is to still play and when I'm able to play, I plan on suiting up".

A market for Davis gets bigger during the offseason as the Celtics can not make a deal for Davis this season because the Pelicans' All-Star and Boston guard Kyrie Irving both signed a rookie max contract and teams are not allowed to have two of those players on a roster at once.

Davis hasn't played since January 19 due to a hand injury, but was cleared for practice Monday.

Lowry appeared unaffected by a report that the Raptors had offered him to the Memphis Grizzlies as part of a trade package for Mike Conley and Marc Gasol. Irving, 26, previously said he planned to re-sign with the Celtics in the summer but has recently wavered in public on that promise. There will be effects in terms of what Celtics head coach Brad Stevens knows he can get out of the players he receives in return, as - despite being seldom used - Boston's end-of-bench pieces are always ready to make impact plays once they step on the court and trusted to do so. The Celtics also believe that a deal for Davis will help solidify his confidence in re-signing with the organization, sources said. The league's landscape is certainly feeling the tremors of the campaign by Paul and Davis.

Despite this, the Pelicans are looking for more as they have allegedly told Magic Johnson they want to be "overwhelmed" in the potential deal. Giving up six to eight draft picks and a bunch of players for one guy is beyond stupid.

This is what makes trade talks so hard.

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