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Lakers' Magic Johnson says Pelicans didn't act in good faith

Lakers' Magic Johnson says Pelicans didn't act in good faith
Published On: Mon, Feb 11
Apr 13, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant (facing camera) hugs former Laker player Magic Johnson before a game against the Utah Jazz at Staples Center. Bryant concludes his 20-year NBA career tonight. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles LakersA president Magic Johnson said theA New Orleans PelicansA operated in bad faith during negotiations with his team over a deal for superstarA Anthony Davis. However, he said he isn't dwelling on the trade deadline failure and wants his players to shift their focus forward.

"We knew that basically at the end of the day, what happened happened," Johnson said before the Lakers' 140-123 loss to theA Philadelphia 76ersA on Sunday. "And we knew that when we first started, in terms of what happened. But hey, it is what it is."

Johnson was asked whether the New Orleans front office -- run by general manager Dell Demps and executive vice president Mickey Loomis -- acted in good faith from the time Davis' trade request became public until the deadline passed without a deal.

Johnson replied flatly, "No." But Johnson pushed back against the notion that the public nature of the negotiations was unfair to L.A.'s young core, as players heard their names mentioned as trade chips on an almost daily basis.

"Quit making this about thinking these guys are babies because that's what you're treating them like," Johnson said. "They're professionals. All of them. And this is how this league works. They know it, I know it -- that's how it goes.

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