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Lakers, Pelicans Trade Appears To Be Hinging On 1 Player

A closeup of Anthony Davis during warmups.

BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 10: Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans looks on before the game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on December 10, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly making a play for New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis. According to a report from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Lakers and Boston Celtics are "engaged" in trade talks with the Pelicans.

After the six-time All-Star demanded a trade during the 2018-19 season, the Lakers emerged as the favorite to pull off a trade for Davis.

Los Angeles knows landing a marquee free agent probably isn't in the cards. That makes it all the more imperative that the team trades for Davis.

Despite the urgency, Los Angeles reportedly doesn't want to part with one specific player - excluding LeBron James, of course.

According to Lakers insider Tania Ganguli, Los Angeles doesn't want to send Kyle Kuzma to New Orleans.

The potential trade from Los Angeles to New Orleans looks like this: Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and the No. 4 pick in the draft for Anthony Davis.

New Orleans reportedly wants Kuzma to be included in the deal, which causes problems for both sides.

Davis will leave in free agency following the 2019-20 season regardless, so it makes sense for the Pelicans to get something for him now.

What that is remains to be seen.

Stay tuned for the latest on Anthony Davis.