With the NBA's trade deadline fast approaching, it's looking more and more unlikely that Anthony Davis will be in a Los Angeles Lakers uniform by 3:00 p.m. ET.
But according to ESPN NBA Insider Brian Windhorst, the New Orleans Pelicans never intended to trade AD.
So I asked @WindhorstESPN if the Pels ever intended to seriously engage with LA on Anthony Davis, or if all the talks & leaks were instead designed to sabotage the young Lakers as revenge for what N.O. sees as tampering, & he said "it's not just possible, it's what happened." pic.twitter.com/wki2hDPaEs— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) February 7, 2019
Windhorst believes that the Pelicans leaked the information regarding Anthony Davis trade talks to gather information in addition to cause uncertainty among the Lakers' team, after LA caused uncertainty with theirs.
"Never in 16 years of covering the NBA have I seen anything like this," Windhorst said.
It certainly can't be ruled out that New Orleans tried to get back at Los Angeles for their previous tampering and trying to strong arm them into moving the best player in their young franchise's history.