The Celtics opened as +180 favorites with the Lakers behind them at +200 and while Boston is still in the running to trade for Davis, oddsmakers are now favoring Los Angeles to get a deal done.
Yesterday’s Lakers 2.0 article by ESPN’s Baxter Holmes confirmed that the Lakers were willing to do whatever it took to pair Davis with LeBron James and they’re clearly desperate to make something happen ahead of next season:
“Virtually all of the Lakers’ young talent was publicly dangled in trade talks for superstar Anthony Davis, sowing mistrust between those players and management — and between those players and James. Johnson and Pelinka allowed James’ management team what was considered unusual access by many people around the team and league. And tensions boiled over in an early February locker room blow-up. All of it put the organization in a near-constant state of disarray, as epitomized on the night of their final regular-season game, when Johnson resigned without telling anyone in the organization, including Buss. Three days later, coach Luke Walton and the organization agreed to part ways.”
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Davis, who will become a free agent after next season, will meet with new Pelicans executive Vice President David Griffin today and he’s been training with his current teammates.
The Knicks are still considered a possible destination for Davis but the trade packages they can offer for him are far weaker than what either the Lakers or Celtics can put together.
The Pelicans have the first overall pick in the NBA Draft and they could take Zion Williamson and pair him with the No. 4 pick that Los Angeles holds, creating an exciting young duo that can help replace Davis. The Lakers have a poor working relationship with the Pelicans’ front office but it can’t be denied that they can still send an attractive offer and convince New Orleans.
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(Courtesy of BetOnline)