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SportKuzma: Trade rumors distracted ‘a lot’ of Lakers

20:55  11 february  2019
20:55  11 february  2019 Source:   ftw.usatoday.com

Details of Lakers' trade offer for Anthony Davis reportedly revealed

Details of Lakers' trade offer for Anthony Davis reportedly revealed The Los Angeles Lakers are trying to acquire Anthony Davis in a trade with the New Orleans Pelicans, and their first offer to New Orleans may not have been satisfactory. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Lakers’ first offer to the Pelicans included Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Rajon Rondo, Michael Beasley and a first-round pick. in the Lakers first offer to the Pelicans for Anthony Davis, LA offered Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Rajon Rondo, Michael Beasley and a first-round pick. in the Lakers first offer to the Pelicans for Anthony Davis, LA offered Lonzo Michael Beasley and a first-round pick, league sources tell ESPN.

Kuzma: Trade rumors distracted ‘a lot’ of Lakers© Associated Press Associated Press

By now, we know that the New Orleans Pelicans had no real intention of trading Anthony Davis to the Lakers at the trade deadline. Magic Johnson told reporters that the Pelicans operated in bad faith, which added credence to the notion that the Pelicans essentially wanted to tank the Lakers' chemistry as revenge.

The Pelicans' hope was that Lakers players would see their names in the leaked trade proposals and have their focus drift away from the court. Leading up to the deadline, the Lakers lost by 42 points to the Pacers. On Sunday, Kyle Kuzma admitted that the locker room was affected by the trade rumors.

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Reports: Pelicans to counter Lakers’ Anthony Davis offer with two picks, Pels player added Even if the Lakers throw in everything, why are the Pelicans in a rush to do the deal now? The Lakers’ interest in Davis isn’t going away. They will be there around the draft and in July (when Boston can get into the mix). Whether a deal gets done by 3 ET next Thursday or not, expect a lot of rumors to be flying between now and then.

Kuzma, who scored 39 points in a loss to the 76ers, discussed the team's meeting with Magic Johnson. He said that the Pelicans saga was the young core's first experience with trade rumors. He took it as a learning experience.

He said:

"Like I've said before, that was our first time around and a lot of us kind of let it get to us, but as professionals we can't."

Judging from the meeting with Magic, the Lakers brass certainly recognized that the trade rumors affected the team. Kuzma admitted that it was an issue, but it's one that the Lakers should be able to move past. After all, the deadline already happened.

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Still, the Pelicans got what they wanted out of the whole ordeal in the short term - the Lakers played distracted for a week.

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Mike Conley says he was unable to sleep while in trade rumors.
In case the results of the Los Angeles Lakers’ 42-point loss to the Pacers didn’t already tell you, being the subject of trade rumors is not easy for players to handle. Mike Conley is proof of that. Conley was placed on the trade block by the Memphis Grizzlies, but he made it through the deadline without being dealt after teams did not meet the Grizzlies’ asking price for him. This was the first time in his career that he’s dealt with these kinds of rumors, and he said on Thursday that he was unable to sleep while part of the rumors. Conley said he hadn’t slept in “two or three days” as the deadline neared: “I don’t even know how I played [tonight] to be honest with you.” pic.

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