PHILADELPHIA – Los Angeles Lakers President Magic Johnson said that during the talks with his team, New Orleans Pelicans acted unfairly on the superstar Anthony Davis. However, he said he did not rely on the failure of the trading term and wanted his players also to focus their attention.
"We knew that it happened at the end of the day," said Johnson. Lakers played Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday. "And we knew that the first time that happened, but what it is."
Johnson was asked if the New Orleans Office – headed by General Director Dell Demps and Vice President Mickey Loomis – acted in good faith since Davis's trade application became public until the deadline without a deal
Two high franchises through has been fighting for championships for decades. On Thursday evening, they were interested in finishing, and next March they will come this summer, when both teams will try to descend the desired star of Pelicano.
Johnson replied, "No."
that the public nature of the negotiations was unfair to LA's young nucleus, which almost daily heard their names as trading chips.
"Close this, thinking that these guys are babies because it's how they behave," said Johnson. “They are professionals. All of them. And this is how the leagues work. They know I know how it is going. ”
“ So we have to move forward and we move forward. They played exclusively against Boston, giving them credit. And we want to play well today and continue. This is part of the league. You have a good business side, that we are a professional basketball player, and here are such deals.
Johnson also rejected the description that the negotiations were different from the rest of the league
"All offers are. … Many of them are made public, "he said. "We didn't do it publicly, but it's part of it. It happens, man. We have big boys here and they came back. They're fine.
When asked whether everything went with New Orleans could have had a hangover effect for this season, Johnson remained firm in his vision of returning Lakers to the championship form.
This summer we are going to change our plans, ”said Johnson. "It's a great class and we just want to get one of them."
LA solved two relatively small steps leading up to the deadline by sending a newcomer Svi Mykhailiuk to Detroit Pistons Reggie Bullock and selling Ivica Zubac And Michael Beasley to Los Angeles Clippers for Mike Muscala.
"We were on the phones early," said Johnson. “Nobody wanted to move until the last week. And we were locked into Reggie for a long time. There were great talks with Detroit. And finally he became a deal. Mike was really the last second when we didn't know Philly was going to do it [acquiring Tobias Harris from the Clippers]. When they started to move and we looked up and said, "Man, 4-5 can really help us. And we feel good about trading.
Johnson joined the Philadelphia team on Sunday after meeting with 1979-1979. Michigan State Championship commemorating the 40th anniversary of its title East Lansing, Michigan. Johnson used the trip to join his team again and now until April. Re-emphasize your directive: for the first time since 2013 Joined the post.
"I spoke individually with children," said Johnson. have sidebars with them. Make sure we are all heading the same direction. And we are. And we have a goal to try to make replays before us. That is all this.
The Sixers are traded by Harris, Boban Marjanovic, James Ennis III, Mike Scott, and Jonathan Simmons as an example of "stacking" the Eastern Conference, according to Johnson. As East Bracket could play, Johnson said he was "excited" about his team, which is part of the meeting.
"I don't want them to focus on other things," he said. whose name was mentioned. It's over. It was Thursday. It's now. Everyone wanted to hook up, and we have to move forward.
With NBA playing big bets, not to mention the Lakers, an organization that follows the championship standard, said Johnson. "Trade negotiations will only continue to cover your team."
"Let's listen, we paid for the job," said Johnson. “And we are all professionals. For 40 years I was in this league. Many players were traded on Thursday and Wednesday. Guess what will happen next year? Many players are going to trade. Many players will stay at home. I talked to our guys, they're in a good place. All this is important. Hopefully we will get to the playoffs. And yes, it is part of it. Part of the NFL, part of the NHL that belongs to the NBA Major League Baseball.
Johnson was also asked about Sixers' second-year star Ben Simmons, who, as a 6-foot 10-point guard, made comparisons with 6-foot-9 Johnson, who won five rings to play points for the Lakers.
"[Simmons] reached me, not directly, to Lakers to find out if we can agree this summer," said Johnson. "I said," Hey, you have to clean it up in the league, "and if everyone – Sixers
"But I love his game, I love his vision, I also love it, he is very, basketball IQ, very much high basketball IQ
Listening to Johnson's comments on Simmons, a spokesman for the Sixers Team has abandoned comments in ESPN
ESPN Tim Bontemps contributed to this story.