For the fourth straight game, the Pelicans played without not only Davis, but also forwards Julius Randle (right ankle sprain) and Nikola Mirotic (right calf strain), as well as guards Elfrid Payton (right ankle sprain) and E'Twaun Moore (bruised left quadriceps). President Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka will continue to fight for Davis, but they now aim their sites on Chicago.
Anthony Davis is the headline-grabbing deal that the Lakers are looking to secure in the coming days but moving for the New Orleans Pelicans big man will require them to sacrifice up much of their current roster.
The Wizards agreed to trade forward Otto Porter Jr. to the Chicago Bulls earlier in the day for forwards Jabari Parker and Bobby Portis. He's making $20 million this season and has a team option worth $20 million for next season.
" is available and has been floated out there for some spots".
While the Lakers interest in Jabari Parker is far from the main event, it's interesting that they're kicking the tires on him. And the thing about this is Caldwell-Pope has to approve of a trade ... Discussions involved Enes Kanter, but talks later got bogged down, as mentioned in a previous report. The Bulls really like Caldwell-Pope. The Lakers and Jazz have inquired on Parker, sources said. But now, Parker is back in the limelight for the Lakers who are eyeing some wing players.
Parker has had numerous "DNP" games this season since Jim Boylen replaced head coach Fred Hoiberg in December. Parker has been on the trade block for over a month now.
Parker meanwhile is unwanted in Chicago and while he has a worse three-point percentage than Caldwell-Pope, the former No 2 pick has averaged 14.3 points for the struggling Bulls this year and is shooting 47.4 per-cent from the field. For the Lakers, Caldwell-Pope is leaned on off the bench where he is averaging 10.3 points in 23.9 minutes per game.