The only issue for Los Angeles is that they can't force New Orleans to take the deal, they can only make the offer as attractive as possible, which would likely include Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball, Ivica Zubac and possibly a first-round pick.
On Tuesday night, Los Angeles Times reporter Tania Ganguli reiterated the stance of Ball and his camp while also mentioning potential third teams. But there is little doubt the Pelicans would have a primary spot for Ball, now out with an injured ankle.
The Pelicans are reportedly in no rush to trade Davis before the February 7th deadline.
James, 34, has been pushing for a second star all season - even if it means giving up the core of the Lakers' future.
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Right now the Los Angeles Lakers are looking at $41.7 million in practical cap space this offseason. Perhaps this would alleviate Ball's concerns about a positional fit, but of course, if the rumblings that he'd like to go to a big market like Chicago or NY are a major factor in being skeptical of New Orleans, there's nothing the Pelicans could do about that.
Ball (or, really, LaVar Ball), of course, doesn't really have a say in the matter.
But their hands are tied until the trade deadline as they can not have two players on designated contracts and at the moment Kyrie Irving is on one. In that sense, there is a shot Ball could hold up an eventual Lakers-Pelicans deal for Davis if it comes to that. According to National Basketball Association insider Shams Charnia tweeted, "Should Lakers/Pelicans trade talks pick up, point guard Lonzo Ball's camp prefers Ball to be moved to a third team that doesn't have an established point guard".