When Los Angeles Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson was asked if he believes the New Orleans Pelicans dealt in good faith during trade negotiations for Anthony Davis, he responded "No," according to ESPN's Dave McMenamin.
The Lakers reportedly offered multiple packages to the Pelicans after Davis publicly demanded a move ahead of the NBA's trade deadline on Feb. 7.
It was reported that Davis preferred to be traded to the Lakers.
Davis was never traded. However, all of the Lakers' young core pieces heard their names involved in the reported trade packages.
On Wednesday, Brian Windhorst was asked on ESPN's "The Jump" if it was possible that the Pelicans intended to sabotage the Lakers rather than strike a deal with them.
"It's not just possible, it's what happened," said Windhorst.
On Sunday, Johnson added to his comments about the Pelicans dealing in bad faith, which might've had an impact on the Lakers' youth.
"It is what it is ... quit making this about thinking these guys are babies ... they're professionals, all of them, and this is how this league works," he said. "They know it, I know it, that's how it goes. So we've got to move forward, and we are moving forward."