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Anthony Davis demands to be traded

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I love telling the Lakers to go screw themselves and make plans with some other team's franchise player. Really seems an un-Demps like move, so comforting to hear more are in on this decision. 

Starting to think Tatum, Memphis 1st rounder, cap relief and LeBron/Lakers disappointment is a decent return for losing AD.

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Rumor: Jayson Tatum 'would not mind' being the face of the Pelicans

If the Boston Celtics pulled off a blockbuster trade for New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis, it’s very possible Jayson Tatum would be involved.

The Athletic’s Sam Amick reported that the possibility of including Tatum in a deal was “discussed extensively” between the Pelicans and Celtics. That is likely why the Los Angeles Lakers (or another suitor) were unable to make a deal with New Orleans before the trade deadline.

The Pelicans know they must wait until the offseason for Boston to offer the 20-year-old wing (since Kyrie Irving and Davis are both on designated-player contracts and each NBA team can only have one such player on their roster). And according to Chris Mannix, New Orleans’ front office believes that Tatum can be a long-term solution for the Pelicans without Davis (viaSports Illustrated)

“[The Celtics] know the Pelicans are enamored with Tatum, whose potential to develop into a franchise forward dwarfs that of any player the Lakers have to offer.”

Since the beginning of his rookie season, Tatum has averaged 18.3 points per 36 minutes during the time he has appeared without high-usage players Irving and Gordon Hayward on the court.

At just 20 years old, the former Duke star is still adding to his game and was a key figure for the Celtics during last year’s postseason run. He even had a 28-point performance against the Philadelphia 76ers.

While one would imagine he would prefer to remain in Boston for a better chance at returning the postseason, perhaps the young Celtics stud would not mind a change of scenery.

Tim MacMahon spoke to Brian Windhorstabout how Tatum feels about possible trade rumors (via ESPN):

“I was talking to about the Celtics the other day and they said the worst thing that happened to the Celtics was their success last season. Because now you’ve got Tatum, [Jaylen] Brown, [Terry] Rozier — these young guys are thinking dude, we went to Game 7 of the East Finals without you, Kyrie, without you, Hayward. We’re this level of player … This summer, they could be gone. They might up end in New Orleans [for Davis]. It’s gossip, but the gossip is Jayson Tatum wouldn’t mind if he’s shipped to New Orleans and has a chance to be the face of the franchise somewhere. Because he’s not going to get that opportunity in Boston, at least not in the immediate future.”

His colleague Jackie MacMullan argued that Tatum could become the face of the franchise of the Celtics if there is no trade that is completed for Davis andIrvingsigns elsewhere this offseason.

But it’s an interesting point considering the reluctance that Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball has reportedly shown in a trade to the Pelicans.

If the front office in New Orleans is able to land a top pick in the upcoming draft and pull off a trade to land Tatum from Boston, it suddenly becomes at least possible that their rebuild is not as long as one would have expected.

ESPN’s Zach Lowe recently reported that Jrue Holiday would be willing to stay with the organization depending on the inevitable return for Davis. He is one of the better two-way guards in the NBA.

His presence with Tatum (and whatever other assets the Pelicans land) could be enough to at least fight for a spot in the postseason, should luck and fortune favor New Orleans.

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1 hour ago, thernasty said:

Ah, Magic Johnson now stating that he doesn't feel the Pels entered negotiations in "good faith". Wonder what kind of "faith" is another organization acting at best complicit with a player agent as they attempt to manipulate AD to LA?

Magic not only mishandled this entire situation but he is also a liar. They are making a habit of tampering or being investigated for tampering.

Elton Brand says he shut down Simmons/Magic meeting 'over a month ago'

Los Angeles Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson created some waves ahead of Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers when he said that Sixers star Ben Simmons was interested in a meetingwith Johnson during the offseason to “trade some ‘big guard’ secrets.”

On the surface, it’s easy to see why Simmons would want to pick the brain of Johnson, a pioneer on the big guard path that the Sixers young star finds himself on. But Johnson’s position in the front office of an NBA team complicates matters, and Johnson acknowledged that any meeting would have to be cleared by the league and the Sixers.

The story took another turn on Monday when Sixers general manager Elton Brand told Philadelphia’s 97.5 The Fanatic that he said no to such a meeting “over a month ago.”

NBA to investigate if Lakers, Ben Simmons contact violated rules

Amid an NBA probe into possible tampering, Philadelphia 76ersgeneral manager Elton Brand tells ESPN that his star guard Ben Simmons has no intention of working out with Lakers president Magic Johnson and simply wanted the Sixers to help him facilitate "chatting with some of the game's all-time greats."

"No issue," Brand told ESPN on Monday. "I have a great relationship with Ben and [his agent] Rich [Paul] and we expect him to be a Sixer for a long time. He has taken interest in chatting with some of the game's all-time greats and we're supportive.

"I had brief dialogue with [Lakers GM] Rob Pelinka, who I've known for a long time, but nothing is planned. Our collective focus is on making a postseason push.

"Again, we're not sweating this -- end of story."

NBA spokesman Mike Bass told ESPN on Monday that, "The league office is looking into whether any contact took place between Ben Simmons and the Los Angeles Lakers that violated NBA rules."

The Lakers issued a statement on the matter Monday.

"To clarify, last November the 76ers sent an email to the Lakers asking if Ben Simmons would be able to speak with Magic Johnson about his Hall of Fame playing career," it read. "After receiving the email request from the 76ers, Lakers General Manager Rob Pelinka contacted 76ers General Manager Elton Brand and informed him that Magic could only do so if the 76ers gave him pre-written approval. That was the end of the matter."

Simmons and Johnson are both 6-foot-9-plus point guards. Simmons is eligible to sign his rookie contract extension with the Sixers after the season.

Johnson told reporters on Sunday in Philadelphia, "[Simmons] reached out to me, not to me directly; to the Lakers to find out if we can get together this summer. I said, 'Hey, you've got to clear that with the league,' and if everybody -- the Sixers sign off, we sign off, the league signs off -- fine, I will do that. ... But I love his game. I love his vision. I love also, too, he's very, in terms of basketball IQ, very high basketball IQ."

In 2017, the NBA fined the Lakers $500,000 for violating anti-tampering rules; Pelinka was found to have violated league rules in his dealings with Paul George and his agent. The Lakers were fined $50,000 in 2018 for comments Johnson made about Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Recently, the Lakers attempted to trade for New Orleans Pelicansstar Anthony Davis, who is represented by Rich Paul of Klutch Sports -- the same agency that represents Los Angeles' LeBron James. Paul and James have been friends since childhood, which led many to wonder if Paul was attempting to align two of his star clients together in Los Angeles.

Paul and Klutch Sports also represent Simmons.

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Jrue Holiday may stay with Pelicans depending on return for Anthony Davis

New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday has an uncertain future with the organization after superstar big Anthony Davis requested a trade.

Holiday made headlines when he said that Davis was “like 90 percent” of the reason he signed a massive contract extension with the Pelicans. But that quote came out shortly after his teammate requested a trade. This was his emotional, gut reaction, but perhaps his mind isn’t completely made up yet.

Zach Lowe reported that the New Orleans guard is going to be patient as he  considers his future with the organization (via ESPN):

“If the Pelicans eventually trade Davis for a package heavy on rebuilding assets, keep an eye on Holiday. He wants to be in a place where he can compete in the postseason and is waiting to see the Davis return, sources say.”

The 28-year-old may have re-signed with the franchise in large part because of Davis, but it’s also possible that he’s now open to seeing the front office’s long-term plan. It’s also possible he was exaggerating when he made his initial “90 percent” remark.

Once Davis is dealt, perhaps Holiday would get excited about teaming up with New Orleans’ next up-and-coming talent. That franchise centerpiece could be Jayson Tatum or Brandon Ingram or even a top draft pick like Zion Williamson (depending on the offer New Orleans accepts).

Holiday is undeniably one of the best two-way guards in the league, making a significant impact offensively and defensively. He currently ranks Top 20 in the NBA among all players in ESPN’s Real Plus-Minus.

If the Pelicans try to stay competitive, Holiday is a solid option to have on their roster. But if they bottom out, there will plenty of trade suitors around the league clamoring for someone with his skill set.

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8 minutes ago, faceman said:

watch?v=XsZ9k18GFb4 Ainge ain't to be effed with on and off the court 


Ainge may end up being our trade ally this summer. His Celtics offer will end up dwarfing that pathetic offer by the Lakers for Anthony Davis. Give us Tatum & those picks please?!

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If LeBron could have waited until the end of the season to push for Davis it sure would have made for a more pleasant experience for  both Pelicans fans and players.  The team playing now has only a handful of players under contract next year, so the team was bound to change anyway.

Now we have a lame duck team, with a lame duck star in Davis on a team playing lame.

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F*ck Klutch Sports 

NBA Rumors: Celtics believe Rich Paul planted story on Kyrie Irving's future

Anthony Davis' agent, Rich Paul, seemingly did all he could to engineer a deal to send his client from the New Orleans Pelicans to the Los Angeles Lakers before last week's NBA trade deadline, but he was unsuccessful.

Davis remained with the Pelicans, and now every team must wait until the summer to pursue the superstar center.

One team that couldn't trade for Davis before the deadline was the Boston Celtics, due to a league rule. The Lakers tried to acquire Davis (and reportedly offered quite a bit) before Boston could enter the bidding, knowing that the C's could put together a more enticing package for New Orleans in the summer. 

The Celtics, according to Sean Deveney of the Sporting News, were not pleased with Paul throughout the process, and here's why:

The Celtics were annoyed by the story of Irving having eyes for New York, not because of Irving, but because they felt the story was planted by Davis’ agent, Rich Paul, in order to scare the Pelicans into thinking Boston would back off making a trade offer for Davis in July if Irving left.

"It was cheap and underhanded," one source told SN.

The timing of the rumors on Irving's willingness (or lack thereof) to re-sign with the Celtics as a free agent this summer didn't seem like a coincidence. The superstar point guard told C's season ticket holders in October that he planned to re-sign with Boston, and his future with the C's wasn't news again until the Davis trade requestbecame the biggest story in the league the Monday before Super Bowl LIII.

What's next? The Celtics should get a chance to acquire Davis in the summer and pair him with Irving, which would form an incredible duo that could help Boston dominate the Eastern Conference for years to come. It also would be the worst-case scenario for Paul, whose top client, LeBron James, still doesn't have a superstar teammate on the Los Angeles Lakers.

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AD now crawfishing & saying he is open to be traded to any team. Damage control at its finest. I said the Pels were winning the battle & the war. That is exactly what is happening. Pelicans have taken firm control of leverage in the AD trade sweepstakes this summer. 

The Knicks potential offer will be intriguing especially if their lottery pick turns out to be either #1 or #2. If you follow basketball, you've seen the monster that Zion Williamson is but if you have not viewed much of Ja Morant please do. That kid is electric & I'm very excited about possibly having the opportunity to draft either Williamson or Morant. With that said, I really want the young alpha male I've already seen step up in big moments.

Let me just add Ja Morant highlights for those who may not seen this kid yet.


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