LA Lakers president Magic Johnson stated that the New Orleans Pelicans operated in bad faith during negotiations with his team over a deal for superstar Anthony Davis. When asked about the trade deadline failure, Magic remained mum and said he wants his team to shift their focus forward.
Johnson said before the Lakers went down, 123-140 to Philadelphia 76ers, "We knew that basically at the end of the day, what happened happened. And we knew that when we first started, in terms of what happened. But hey, it is what it is."
Johnson was asked whether the New Orleans front office acted in good faith from the time Davis' trade request became public until the deadline passed without a deal.
Johnson instantly replied in the negative, "No." But Johnson pushed back against the notion that the public nature of the negotiations was unfair to L.A.'s young core, as players heard their names mentioned as trade chips on an almost daily basis.
Johnson added, "Quit making this about thinking these guys are babies because that's what you're treating them like. They're professionals. All of them. And this is how this league works. They know it, I know it -- that's how it goes. So we've got to move forward, and we are moving forward. They played outstanding against Boston. Give them credit. And we want to play well today and continue on. This is a part of the league. You've got a good side of the business that we get paid to be professional basketball players, and there's deals like this."
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