The will-they-or-won't-they drama surrounding the possibility of the New Orleans Pelicans trading Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakersdominated NBA headlines prior to February's deadline, and the team that ultimately held on to the six-time All-Star seemingly alleged the Purple and Gold made it a public affair.
"We get off the phone with [the Lakers], and a minute later, offers are out there," a Pelicans source told Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Charania noted the Pelicans didn't intend on trading Davis prior to the coming offseason regardless of the public nature of the talks, although "these conversations involving the Lakers' talented young core was warranted whether they were taken personally or not" given the team's rebuilding status.
Davis and Lakers star LeBron James share agent Rich Paul, who was the one who initially made it public the former didn't want to be with the Pelicans long term.
The Pelicans released a statement after that news broke saying they "requested the league to strictly enforce the tampering rules associated with this transaction."