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Pelicans’ David Griffin says Rob Pelinka was ‘fair and direct’ during Anthony Davis trade negotiation

David Griffin, Rob Pelinka

The Los Angeles Lakers and New Orleans Pelicans infamously pulled off one of the most memorable trades in recent memory earlier in the offseason.

Unless you have been living under a rock for the better portion of the last few months, you know that All-Star big man Anthony Davis has officially made his way from New Orleans to Los Angeles en route to joining superstar forward LeBron James as a member of the heralded Lakers.

Although Davis’ road from New Orleans to Los Angeles was a bit bumpy toward the end, Pelicans general manager David Griffin and Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka seemed to remain pretty civil throughout the process.

The Lakers have encountered one of the busier offseasons in the NBA this time around. In addition to landing the services of Davis, the Lakers also managed to sign veteran shooting guard Danny Green alongside retaining point guard Rajon Rondo, two-guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and center JaVale McGee.

Not only that, but the Lakers also fired former head coach Luke Walton while eventually replacing him with former Indiana Pacers and Orlando Magic head coach Frank Vogel. Former Lakers president of basketball operations “Magic” Johnson resigned from his post as well, which began the offseason shake-up for the Lakers.

Los Angeles is looking to bounce back in a big way after suffering a disappointing season in 2018-19 as the aforementioned James remained injured for the better part of the year, which quickly became a forgettable first season on the West Coast for “King James.”