Pelicans, Lakers talk Davis after initial silence

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Irving is a factor because of what's known as the Rose Rule, which says National Basketball Association teams can not trade for more than one player who has signed an extension.

The Clippers were once a desirable team to trade with, given their two first-round picks in the 2018 NBA Draft, becoming Jerome Robinson and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. Los Angeles does not have quite the assets that other teams could offer, but if the Pelicans wanted some young pieces that could contribute immediately, the Lakers could be an option. He will be sidelined a total of 4-6 weeks because of the injury. His name has been connected to trade talks in the Phil Jackson and Perry regimes. "The problem for Ball is that he's a key part of what the Pelicans want in a deal for Davis".

Davis is from Chicago, and the Bulls are his hometown team. 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.

Davis is under contract with New Orleans through the end of the 2019-20 season. And if the Pelicans are willing to make him the starting point guard, perhaps that's all it takes.

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That said, New Orleans reportedly feels Ball could play 35 minutes a night alongside Jrue Holiday, who 'doesn't want to be a point guard'.

Is it flattering to be mentioned in a trade for one of the league's best players?

Then again, this isn't the only piece of media the Pelicans have removed Davis from. Players like Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart are nearly certainly going to factor in heavily in these conversations, and it might even take all of them for the Pelicans to seriously consider sending Davis to L.A. They don't have to move Porzingis, but in this era of rising player power, he can force their hand to join whichever team he desires.

While Ball may not be thrilled with that, he has virtually no say in where he lands if he is indeed traded.

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