At one point, the Lakers agreed to a blockbuster that would've sent youngsters Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and Ivica Zubac, along with veteran guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and two first-round picks to New Orleans, while also offering salary-cap relief.
Previously, it had been thought that the 25-year-old big man was only interested in signing with the Lakers or Knicks and any team engaging with the Pelicans on a potential deal would be trading for only what's left of Davis's current deal that expires after the 2019-2020 season.
"I haven't been through anything like this", Gentry said of Davis' trade demand.
Davis prefers a move to the Lakers, league sources told Wojnarowski.
According to Brad Turner, the Lakers pulled out of trade negotiations amid the outrageous asking price that the Pelicans had for Davis. He said the team is waiting for the Pelicans to make a counter-proposal.
This gives another big market team like the Lakers a chance of strong-arming the Pelicans into a awful trade that only benefits one team. The Pelicans could wait until the draft lottery in May, when they'll have a better idea of when and how Boston's protected picks in deals with Philadelphia, Memphis and the Clippers could be conveyed in a deal. They may also be willing to deal a young player, with Jayson Tatum being the name mentioned most. They then have a back-to-back Friday and Saturday before playing two more home games next week before the All-Star Break. The Pelicans believe that the Lakers' bid at the trade deadline will still be available to them in the offseason, sources said. The Davis camp has constantly leaked out that he has no desire to sign long-term with the Celtics, and has gone as far to use Kyrie Irving's impending free agency to their advantage. But the team chose to sit him Monday night, despite Davis "eagerly wanting to suit up", according to Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes. Davis will garner a super-max contract upward of $240 million whenever he lands.