Pacers rout James, Lakers 136-94

But the Bulls game will mark his ninth straight missed since suffering a left index finger injury January 18.

The Lakers shouldn't count on this however, as the Pelicans still potentially have more to gain in a trade by waiting until the summer anyway when Boston and NY are able to offer their stockpiles of valuable assets.

JaVale McGee had 16 points for the Lakers, who have lost two straight and six of their last eight.

Head coach Alvin Gentry spoke about sitting Davis and how the rumors have been affecting the team. Prior to the Lakers' matchup with the Pacers on Tuesday, (7 p.m. ET - Watch on FuboTV with NBA League Pass add-on), James was asked about the potential addition of Davis and had a pretty politically correct response for media members. Not only would they secure Davis for the rest of this season and next, but they'd also prevent the Boston Celtics from having a shot at trading for the star big man. Los Angeles is one of Davis' preferred destinations, and the club already reportedly offered a package of Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Lance Stephenson, Rajon Rondo, and Michael Beasley in hopes of landing him.

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Davis' agent, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, seems to have made some inroads into tightening the trade market on the Pelicans, limiting what some rivals might be willing to offer based on the fear of losing Davis as a rental in 2020 free agency.

"I've had teammates every year be a part of trade deadline discussions and things of that nature and we've always figured out to just shield that away and play the game". But, they are still "anxious to trade" for him and pair him with Irving, ESPN's report says.

The Lakers' final offer did include two first-round draft picks, they said. You're going to have to develop your young talent, you're going to have to try to win basketball games and at the same time have your name involved with somebody that doesn't even play with your team. The Pelicans believe that the Lakers' bid at the trade deadline will still be available to them in the offseason, sources said. "But the more they wanted, the more it became outrageous and unrealistic". Maybe, but for now it sounds like the Lakers are officially out of the Anthony Davis race.

The five-time All-Star's top choice would be a move to the Lakers, according to an earlier ESPN report.

  • Lawrence Cooper