The summer’s biggest story was the Kawhi Leonard saga, a stretch of offseason drama that extended for months within the Spurs organization. It finally ended the day Leonard was dealt to Toronto, in a deal that sent DeMar DeRozan to the Spurs.
One of the more interesting bits of the whole ordeal is the Lakers, who (according to some reports) were denied on all fronts by the Spurs to make a trade for Leonard. It seems that San Antonio was just intent on not sending their best player to L.A., for whatever reason.
Now, they’ve gone as far as to try and convince the Pelicans to do the same.
In an interesting revelation by ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich told Pelicans’ general manager Dell Demps to not give in to the Lakers in trade talks for Davis.
“I’ve been told that one of the people that Dell Demps has communicated with is Gregg Popovich,” he said on First Take. “Not for trade talks, but a guy like Gregg Popovich has said quote, ‘don’t cave to the Los Angeles Lakers’.
“In other words, like ‘we’ did for Kawhi Leonard. Don’t think for one second that you have to be compelled to move Anthony Davis now. ‘‘You can wait’, and that’s what he’s been telling Dell Demps.”
The Lakers are seemingly being cut out of these trade talks, though multiple sources claim that Dell Demps isn’t even answering his phone at all.
The mountain for the Lakers just got a little bit higher, especially once the Celtics start getting involve din trade talks. If they get cut out completely, we could see a similar situation to what happened with Kawhi. And for a team that’s looking for their second star behind LeBron, that can’t be good news.