Jeanie Buss: Lakers’ Anthony Davis offer was ‘fake news’

Lakers owner Jeanie Buss says reports of what her team offered to the Pelicans in an attempt to land Anthony Davis were exaggerated, tweets Howard Beck of Bleacher Report. Buss addressed the rumors in a speech today at the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. She couldn’t mention Davis by name because of tampering rules, but said leaks that the Lakers were willing to trade “our entire roster” for “a certain player” were “fake news.”

A report just before last month’s trade deadline said L.A. was prepared to give up all its young talent, offering Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Ivica Zubac and Josh Hart to New Orleans, along with a pair of first-round draft picks.

The denial from Buss meshes with a report yesterday by ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan, notes Christian Rivas of Silver Screen and Roll. “My sources have told me within the last 48 hours that what we’ve heard the Lakers offered may not be true,” MacMullan said in an appearance on “The Jump.” “… I think there’s some question about just how much did they offer. Did they even get a chance to offer anything?”

There were rumors in the week before the deadline that former Pelicans GM Dell Demps was refusing to take calls from the Lakers to give them a chance to talk about Davis, so MacMullan might be right when she speculates that a formal offer was never made.

No one has confirmed which players with which L.A. would have been willing to part to acquire Davis, but there have been reports that the trade talk had a negative effect on many of those whose names were mentioned. The Lakers haven’t played well since the deadline, falling into 10th place in the West with a 30-32 record.

L.A.’s trade plans involving Davis should become clearer once the season is over and negotiations can resume. However, the Lakers will find a more competitive playing field, with the Celtics and Knicks expected to become actively involved, along with other teams.

Original Article

By: Arthur Hill

The Buss Drama Within The Lakers.

Written by Ramona Shelburne at ESPN.com

It was long past time for Jeanie Buss to head home. Her headache had turned into a full-blown migraine hours ago — spots in her field of vision; throbbing at the back of her skull; the works.

It was 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24, and she had a few last calls to make before she could turn off the lights, leave the office and close the book on this, one of the most tumultuous weeks in Los Angeles Lakers history.

Earlier that week, with the Lakers headed toward a fourth straight losing season, Jeanie Buss fired Lakers executive vice president of player personnel, her brother Jim Buss, longtime general manager Mitch Kupchak and communications director John Black. At the same time, she promoted Lakers great (and recently hired advisor) Magic Johnson to president of basketball operations.

It was dramatic and decisive — the type of bold move her father, Hall of Famer Dr. Jerry Buss, was famous for. To the outside world, it seemed like she had finally swung the sword her father had bequeathed to her upon his death in 2013 and given the Lakers a new direction following four years of deep uncertainty.

But earlier that day, she had received word from her two older brothers that let her know this fight was far from over. Her eldest brother, Johnny Buss, had sent a notice that seemed, in essence, to outline a plan to oust Jeanie as the Lakers’ governor and controlling owner. Her lawyers felt she’d have a strong case to thwart her brothers’ plans, but the fact it even looked like the matter could end up in court was troubling.

It had been hard enough on Jeanie to fire Jim, Kupchak and Black. “You don’t want to do that to your family,” says Lakers executive Linda Rambis, a longtime friend whose office is across the hallway from Jeanie’s. “You don’t want to do that to other people who have families.”

But the Lakers had never hit a prolonged funk such as this. In the 34 years Jerry Buss owned the Lakers, they missed the playoffs only twice.

And so Jeanie found herself constantly asking: What would her father say? What would he do? He had given her final say on running the Lakers upon his death. He had trained her himself and trusted her with his kingdom. But what, exactly, were his final wishes?

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