Los Angeles Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson had a strong message for his team (and those who cover it) following the NBA’s trade deadline.
Johnson, speaking before the Lakers’ loss to the Sixers on Sunday afternoon, told the media to stop treating Los Angeles’ players like “babies.”
The Lakers talked to the Pelicans about a potential Anthony Davis trade, but nothing ended up happening. Several Los Angeles players were mentioned in hypothetical trades.
“Quit making this about thinking these guys are babies because that’s what you’re treating them like,” Johnson told reporters in Philadelphia on Sunday. “They’re professionals. All of them. And this is how this league works. They know it, I know it — that’s how it goes.”
Almost all of the Lakers’ young players were mentioned in the Davis trade talks, with Los Angeles reportedly being willing to trade basically everyone bu LeBron James.
“So we’ve got to move forward, and we are moving forward. They played outstanding against Boston. Give them credit. And we want to play well today and continue on. This is a part of the league. You’ve got a good side of the business that we get paid to be professional basketball players, and there’s deals like this,” Johnson added.
Anthony Davis trade talks aren’t going away for the Lakers, but no moves can be made until the offseason.
Los Angeles fell to 28-28 on the season with the loss on Sunday.