Anthony Davis cleared for return to practice after 7 games out

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Ainge is eager to trade for Davis and pair him with [Kyrie] Irving, sources said.

However, it has now been reported that Lakers have pulled out of a deal in a stunning turnaround. This trade is not something that should be influenced by the franchise not wanting to deal with an awkward situation for a few months. "They had cap relief with [Solomon Hill] being in the deal, but the more they wanted, the more it became outrageous and unrealistic".

When you look at the Celtics, it's hard to imagine a team this talented needing to make a trade, but when a player like Davis is available, you do what's necessary to get him. Before getting to that, though, in fairness there is appeal in getting it over with and making the deal before Thursday's trade deadline. Even though the picks won't be high, they're still what the Pelicans asked of potential bidders.

So far this season, Davis has been one of the best players in the league, averaging 29.3 points, 13.3 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.7 steals and 2.6 blocks per game while being named an All-Star for the sixth time in his career.

From the report: "One person said the Pelicans are hopeful that if Davis isn't traded by the NBA's Thursday noon (Pacific Time) deadline, that he'll want to stay and play for the Pelicans going forward".

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The Lakers had extended the Pelicans multiple massive offers.

According to Brad Turner, the Lakers pulled out of trade negotiations amid the outrageous asking price that the Pelicans had for Davis. Until then, New Orleans is curious about whether the Celtics might include young star Jayson Tatum into an offseason trade along with a package of first-round picks, sources said.

Of course, the Lakers remain interested in Anthony Davis but they no longer want to bid against themselves, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

In Morris' case, he would have to agree to sign with the Pelicans, a rebuilding team without Davis.

Julius Randle #30 of the New Orleans Pelicans, Jrue Holiday #11, and Elfrid Payton #4 talk during the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on January 9, 2019 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. He has no plans to sign an extension with any team this summer, expecting to do so when he becomes a free agent.