10 Feb 2019, 22:25 IST
Magic Johnson needs the Los Angeles Lakers to rally collectively after a failed try and commerce for New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis.
Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram and Rajon Rondo have been all talked about as a part of the Lakers’ bid to amass All-Star ahead Davis earlier than Thursday’s deadline.
Los Angeles ended up dealing Michael Beasley, Ivica Zubac and rookie Svi Mykhailiuk in a pair of strikes to amass Reggie Bullock and Mike Muscala.
Lakers president Johnson mentioned commerce rumours have been merely “a part of enterprise” and he’s going to work to maintain the group targeted on the top aim of constructing the playoffs.
“It is part of enterprise, it is part of being knowledgeable athlete,” Johnson mentioned.
“I’ll hug them and inform them that we obtained to come back collectively and our aim continues to be in attain, which is to make the playoffs.
“I like our group. I like the blokes. It is a powerful a part of our enterprise whether or not you are talked about in commerce discuss, otherwise you get traded. It is a powerful a part of skilled sports activities, however they got here collectively and performed nice towards Boston [Celtics].
“My job is to verify we keep collectively as a group and keep targeted on the aim, which is to make the playoffs.”
The Lakers are 28-27 and sitting 10th within the Western Convention heading into Sunday’s sport towards the Philadelphia 76ers.
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