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NBA trade news: Lakers face major Anthony Davis issue, Celtics and 76ers ultimatum | Other | Sport

That’s according to a report from Bleacher Report’s Eric Pincus, who quotes one former NBA executive who believes the 76ers and Celtics have more to offer than the Lakers.

There is set to be a fight among a number of NBA teams trying to land Davis this summer.

It is widely expected that he will reject the $240million supermax contract that the New Orleans Pelicans can offer him at the end of the season in favour of forcing a move.

The Celtics and Lakers have been the frontrunners to make a move for some time now.

But recent reports have suggested a number of teams will be hoping to be in the mix.

And one former NBA executive believes the 76ers and Celtics will be able to offer a better package than the Lakers.

“I’d say if the [Philadelphia 76ers offer Ben] Simmons, or with the [Boston] Celtics’ package of picks and young players, the Lakers would probably be third,” he told Bleacher Report.

“One would think that [Pelicans general manager] Dell [Demps] would want a deal done around the draft [with Boston’s picks].”

He added: ”After Simmons, I love Tatum. He’d have to be the deal-maker in the Anthony Davis sweepstakes.

“If he’s in the package, AD to the Celtics. To each his own in the NBA, and certainly others would value differently, but on average, based upon body of work, I think the 30 teams would value Philadelphia/Boston talent over the Lakers.”

But he believes the fact that Davis is represented by the same agent as LeBron James and Ben Simmons could work in the favour of the Lakers.

“Boston [wants] to keep Tatum,” the former executive added.

“If Rich Paul is trying to control [Davis’ fate] until 2020 [when he’s an unrestricted free agent], then likely Tatum isn’t made available by Boston and the Lakers probably get it done.

“That Paul also represents Ben Simmons has to help the Lakers too.”

The report adds that Paul may be able to “scare off” potential rivals by promising to link Davis up with LeBron James.

And that may lead the Pelicans to accepting a deal from the Lakers which includes Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball.

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