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Report: Lakers, Celtics each talking Anthony Davis deal with Pelicans

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The Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics continue to discuss Anthony Davis trade scenarios with the New Orleans Pelicans, according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

The Lakers have included Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and the No. 4 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft in trade talks with the Pelicans, according to Wojnarowski and Marc Stein of the New York Times. But the Lakers reportedly have been reluctant to include Kyle Kuzma in the trade talks. According to the Los Angeles Times, the Pelicans covet Kuzma more than any of the Lakers’ other young players.

According to Stein, the value of this package is directly tied to who the Pelicans could select with the No. 4 pick. If a player they like is available, Stein reports that the Lakers and Pelicans are “headed for an agreement in principle before Draft night next Thursday.” Wojnarowski also reports that the Pelicans seem “intent” on trading Davis prior to the NBA Draft on June 20. 

The Celtics remain unable to trade for Davis until after July 1 because of the Designated Rookie Extension Rule. Boston can’t add Davis until Kyrie Irving becomes a free agent at 6 p.m. ET on June 30. The Lakers also are unable to officially complete a deal until their cap space opens up when the free agent moratorium ends on July 6.

Here’s more from Wojnarowski on the reported negotiations:

New Orleans and Los Angeles have canvassed the league with the Lakers’ No. 4 overall pick to find a third-team who would use that selection in exchange for sending a high-level player to the Pelicans as part of a deal, league sources said.

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The Brooklyn Nets and LA Clippers are two teams with interest in Davis who’ve been able to gather any traction in conversations with New Orleans, league sources said.

The Lakers appear to be trying to exercise some level of restraint in trade talks, especially given that they hold the leverage as Davis’ preferred destination. Davis’ agent Rich Paul of Klutch Sports has indicated publicly and privately to the Celtics that Davis would leave Boston in free agency in 2020, essentially becoming a one-year rental for the Celtics.

Nevertheless, Boston is still determined to trade for Davis and hope that he can be an allure to keep All-Star guard Kyrie Irving from leaving in free agency.

These reports come on the same day that Davis’ agent Rich Paul was featured in a cover story for Sports Illustrated, which became newsworthy when he was quoted saying Davis would not sign an extension with the Celtics, or any team, before free agency in 2020.

“Where he’s going to land? I have no idea,” Paul told Sports Illustrated‘s S.L. Price. “And it don’t matter. We’re going into free agency. Why does it matter to me where he goes? Earth: We’re going into free agency. He has a year, he has to play. But after that, I can’t say it no bigger: WE ARE GOING INTO FREE AGENCY. 2020: ANTHONY DAVIS WILL BE IN FREE AGENCY.

Paul informed the Pelicans in January that Davis wanted out and had no intention of signing a long-term contract extension with the team. The Pelicans have been aware of what Davis wants, and while many trade rumors regarding him bubbled up leading into the NBA’s trade deadline, he was ultimately not dealt. 

Paul made it clear in the Sports Illustrated story that even if Boston does acquire Davis, they must be prepared to face the summer of 2020, too.

“They can trade for him, but it’ll be for one year,” Paul says. “I mean: If the Celtics traded for Anthony Davis, we would go there and we would abide by our contractual [obligations] and we would go into free agency in 2020. I’ve stated that to them. But in the event that he decides to walk away and you give away assets? Don’t blame Rich Paul.”

David Griffin, the Pelicans’ new executive vice president of basketball operations, met with Davis in Los Angeles at the end of May. While the talks were reportedly “respectful” and “productive,” it was still considered “highly unlikely” that Davis would waver from his stance in seeking a trade. 

Since then, Griffin has reportedly become open to multi-team trades for Davis as he has provided potential suitors with the framework of a trade package he’d want for the All-Star. Per Wojnarowski, the Knicks, Nets, Lakers and Clippers are among the front offices acquiring about Davis as well as some other, non-preferred teams feeling emboldened to enter the pursuit of Davis. 



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Report: Pau Gasol to join Trail Blazers

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Free agent center Pau Gasol has agreed to a one-year deal with the Portland Trail Blazers, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Gasol, 39, who was limited to just 30 games last season because of a variety of injuries, has career averages of 17.0 points and 9.2 rebounds over 17 NBA seasons.



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Report: Furkan Korkmaz returning to 76ers

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Free agent forward Furkan Korkmaz has agreed to a two-year contract to return to the Philadelphia 76ers, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Free agent forward Furkan Korkmaz has agreed to a two-year contract to return to the Philadelphia 76ers, agent Mike Lindeman of Excel Sports tells ESPN.

Korkmaz, 21, brings back a rotational forward with the ability to spread the floor with his shooting. The loss of JJ Redick in free agency – and Kyle Korver’s decision to choose Milwaukee over Philadelphia – brought some increased urgency to keep Korkmaz on the Sixers roster.

 The 21-year-old Korkmaz, who was the 26th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, averaged 5.8 points and 2.2 rebounds in 14.1 minutes last season.

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Report: Kevin Love to withdraw from World Cup

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Cavaliers forward Kevin Love is the latest player expected to withdraw from Team USA’s training camp for the FIBA World Cup, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

This news comes just one day after Damian Lillard reportedly withdrew from the World Cup. Love, who played in just 22 games last season because of a shoulder injury, averaged 17.0 points and 10.9 rebounds in 2018-19.

During the previous two weeks, James Harden, Anthony Davis, Eric Gordon, Zion Williamson and CJ McCollum reportedly decided not to compete in the World Cup this year.

Although the guard ranks will be somewhat depleted of NBA stars, Team USA continues to have a deep pool of players available.



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