Despite the Lakers’ very public makes an attempt to commerce their complete roster for Anthony Davis, Magic Johnson and co. got here up empty-handed as Thursday’s commerce deadline expired.
Now, Magic is ready to meet the staff in Philadelphia this weekend so he can deal with the messy state of affairs with the gamers.
According to the Los Angeles Times’ Broderick Turner, Johnson will “[emphasize] that the NBA is a enterprise and that this franchise is about successful championships and doing all it could possibly to perform that purpose.”
Per the LA Times:
“Johnson will hear to each participant who desires to talk, hoping to have an open dialogue along with his staff to allow them to all transfer ahead collectively, one individual mentioned.”
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Magic and Lakers GM Rob Pelinka had been reportedly keen to ship out Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, Ivica Zubac, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and two first-round picks in alternate for Anthony Davis, however the Pelicans stood their floor on the deadline.
The Lakers responded by defeating the Celtics in Boston on Thursday night time behind a triple-double efficiency from LeBron, 25 factors from Kuzma, and a Rajon Rondo game-winner on the buzzer.
As a results of Thursday night time’s thrilling 129-128 victory, the Lakers improved to 28-27 on the season which has them sitting in 10th place within the Western Conference behind the Sacramento Kings, and 1.5 video games again of the eighth seeded Los Angeles Clippers. And with the Clippers buying and selling Tobias Harris to the Philadelphia 76ers, it is cheap to consider they will slide within the standings because the playoff push heats up.
Up subsequent for the Lakers is a nationally televised showdown towards the Sixers on Sunday. That sport, airing on ABC, is scheduled to tipoff at three:30pm ET.