PHILADELPHIA – Los Angeles Lakers president Magic Johnson said the New Orleans Pelicans had acted badly in negotiations with his team over a deal for superstar Anthony Davis. He said, however, that he does not deal with the failure of the trading deadlines and wants his players to shift their focus also forward.
"We knew everything had happened at the end of the day," Johnson told the Lakers before playing the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday. "And we knew that when we started what happened, but hey, that's it."
Johnson was asked if the New Orleans front office headed by General Manager Dell Demps and Vice President Mickey Loomis – acted in good faith from the time Davis's trading request became public until the time Deadline without agreement had passed.
The two legendary concessions have fought for championships over the decades. Against the background of an exciting finale on Thursday night, the next fight will be this summer as both teams try to land the coveted Pelicans star. Johnson immediately answered, "No."
But Johnson pushed against the idea that the public nature of the negotiations was unfair to the young core of LA, who heard almost daily that their names were mentioned as trade chips.
"Stop keeping these guys off for babies because they treat you like babies," Johnson said. "They are professionals, everyone, and this is how this league works, you know it, I know, that's the way it is."
"So we have to move forward, and we move forward. They played well against Boston. And we want to play well today and keep going. This is part of the league. You have a good side of the business, that we are paid for professional basketball players, and there are shops like these.
Johnson also declined to characterize that the negotiations were different from the way the rest of the league behaved
"All offers are … many of them are made in public", he said, "we did not do it in public, but that's part of it, that's what happens, man, we have big boys here and they jump back, they're fine."
When asked, Whether the things that happened to New Orleans could have a hangover effect in this franchise, Johnson stuck to his vision of getting the Lakers back into the championship form.
"That's not the case We're going to change our plans this summer," Johnson said. "It's a great [free-agency] class and we just want to get one of those."
LA opted for two relatively Small steps to the deadline and sent a rookie Svi Mykhailiuk to the Detroit Pistons for Reggie Bullock and the trade with Ivica Zubac and Michael Beasley to the Los Angeles Clippers for Mike Muscala.
"We had an early phone call," Johnson said, admitting to the Lakers that he wanted to admit the shoot-out lineup for quite some time. "No one would move until last week and we were locked up in Reggie for a long time had some good talks with Detroit and then it finally became a deal Mike was really in the last second when we did not know Philly that step [acquiring Tobias Harris from the Clippers] When they took this step, we looked up and said, "Man, a 4-5 section could really help us." And we feel good about trading. "[19659002JohnsonjoinedhisteamonSundayinPhiladelphiaafterattendingareunionwiththe1979/79MichiganStateChampionshipteamandcelebratingthe40thanniversaryofhistitleinEastLansingMichiganonSaturdaywhileJohnsontookthetripToreconnectwithhisteamandemphasizetheirdirectiveuntilApril:qualifyforthepostseasonforthefirsttimesince2013
"I talked to the boys one at a time," Johnson told Sidebars he, that we all go in the same direction. And we are. And we had a goal ahead of us to make the playoffs. It's all about this. "The Sixers' business for Harris, Boban Marjanovic, James Ennis III, Mike Scott, and Jonathan Simmons were, according to Johnson, an example of how" stacked "the Eastern Conference has become. Johnson said he was" excited "when he did thought his team was part of the postseason.
"I do not want them to focus on this other stuff," he said, whose name was mentioned, that's over with, it was Thursday, that's all Need to buckle up and we need to go forward. "
Playing with the high stakes in the NBA, let alone playing for the Lakers, an organization that sticks to a championship standard, said Johnson's trade talks are just about his team Walk around.
"Listen, we get paid to get a job done," Johnson said. I have been in this league for 40 years. Many players were traded on Thursday and Wednesday. Guess what will happen next year? Many players are traded. Many players will stay at home. And I talked to our guys, they're in a good place. That's all that counts. Hopefully we will go to the playoffs. And that's part of it. Part of the NFL, part of the NHL, part of Major League Baseball, part of the NBA. Johnson was also asked about Second Singer's second year singer, Ben Simmons, who worked as a 6-foot-10-point guard, drew comparisons with the 6-foot-9-Johnson, the five rings has won by playing Point Lakers for the Lakers.
[Simmons] stretched me out to me, not directly to me, to the Lakers to find out if we can meet this summer, "Johnson said. Hey, you have to sort it out with the league. "And if all – the Sixers sign, we sign, the league sign – well, I'll do it. TU that. But if not everyone unsubscribes, we can not get together.  "But I love his game, I love his vision, I love him too, he is very basketball IQ, very high basketball IQ
When asked about Johnson's comments on Simmons, a Sixers team spokesman declined the statement to ESPN.
Tim Bontemps of ESPN contributed to this story.