The NBA trade deadline came and went on Thursday afternoon without the most-anticipated trade going through.
New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis remained a part of the team after the trade deadline, though not without attempts from the Los Angeles Lakers to lure him away from the organization.
Los Angeles offered a significant trade package to the Pelicans, but New Orleans rebuffed the Lakers on every front. Several reports suggested the Pelicans had no intention of trading Davis, but listened to offers from the Lakers regardless.
On Thursday night, ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith offered another explanation for why Anthony Davis wasn’t traded.
According to Smith, Pelicans general manager Dell Demps would have been fired by the organization if he traded Davis.
“The GM for the New Orleans Pelicans would have been fired if he made this deal,” Smith said on Thursday.
I was told — eventually — Pelicans GM Dell Demps would have been FIRED had he made the Anthony Davis trade! pic.twitter.com/cMn6Nhv4EN
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) February 8, 2019
It’s a bold report from Smith, though not out of the realm of possibility. New Orleans is better served waiting on a bidding war for Davis rather than sending him to the Lakers right away.
The Boston Celtics and New York Knicks are reportedly working on trade packages for the six-time All-Star and could put together a better trade than the Lakers.