This 2019 NBA Trade Deadline has been full of great stories. Harrison Barnes being traded during a game, Porzingas being traded to Dallas starting a new Axis Powers kinda deal and, of course, the Lakers wanting to trade everyone but LeBron James for Anthony Davis.
Fortunately for my fellow Celtics fans, the Lakers and Pelicans were not able to come to an agreement. Not due to a lack of effort either. The Pelicans would not budge no matter how many role players the Lakers threw at them. They included draft picks, future all-stars, salary cap relief and the opportunity to have Lavar Ball run the team from the second row. Who wouldn’t want that?
I’ll tell you who. Gregg Popovich. Pop has some serious connections to the Pelicans. In fact, two top executives from the Pelicans, Dell Demps and Danny Ferry, are ex-Spurs. Popovich has even admitted that he told these two that they should not trade Anthony Davis to the Lakers (Google it).
Now, Gregg Popovich is the Bill Belichick or Coach K of the NBA. He is clearly the best, but there is something shady there and I can never tell exactly what it is. Until now.
Pop is obviously tampering here, but I have no idea why. Anthony Davis going to the Lakers would not have affected him at all. The Spurs aren’t going for Davis at the moment and we have not been made aware of plans to pursue him in the offseason. It’s not like another super team would make the Spurs any less likely to win the NBA championship. They should worry about being the best team in their state before they start thinking about being “World Champions”.
Basically, the Pelicans were being tampered with.