The Los Angeles Lakers hoped to pull off a trade for Anthony Davis at the trade deadline but were unable to reach a deal with a New Orleans Pelicans front office that some, including Magic Johnson, feel didn't negotiate in good faith.
Los Angeles went down by as many as 20 points to a Pelicans team that was resting Davis and came into the night eight games under.500. James pondered after Saturday's loss to the Pelicans, who were playing without star Anthony Davis. It's also possible that New Orleans would love to send Davis home and keep his high trade value intact with the offseason being just a few months away. The Pelicans, who failed to reach agreement with those teams interested in signing the star forward before the deadline of February 7, plan to reduce his time on the court.
New Orleans have struggled to a 26-33 record so far this season and were reportedly considering limiting Davis' games as they look to avoid him suffering injury and therefore decreasing his trade value.
So the Pelicans are trying to comply with those rules during their final 23 games while also planning for a future without Davis.More news: Border wall, bullet train: California vs. Pres. Trump escalates
'The theme is similar to what we talk about all of the time: it's turnovers, it's making free throws, and it's being the aggressor on defense, ' Lakers coach Luke Walton said.
Gentry was asked if the Pelicans did a good job of taking James out of the game and he chuckled before giving his answer. While the front office of the Pelicans might not be trying to win games by sitting out Davis, the players on the court on looking to make names for themselves.
In a tumultuous season, Davis has still put together averages of 28.1 points, 12.9 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks while shooting 50.8 percent from the field.
"I'm playing devil's advocate, you know?" "We worked well together and I appreciate what he did for me". "I think everybody here selfishly would like him to stay". We tried to stop him as a facilitator as much as we probably could.