Tensions are running high in Los Angeles.
Several veteran players, including Michael Beasley, got into an “emotionally charged verbal exchange” with head coach Luke Walton after the Lakers’ loss to the Warriors on Saturday, according to a report from The Athletic which cites unidentified league sources.
According to the report, Walton was preaching to players about playing unselfishly when “several veteran players snapped back.” The sources called it a “heated scene.”
In postgame locker room, Luke Walton preached to players on playing unselfishly, sources said, when several veteran players snapped back. As one source described it, “Heated scene.” https://t.co/w7YXNeVgRl
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 3, 2019
Los Angeles has been involved in trade talks with the Pelicans this week as it pursues All-Star center Anthony Davis.
Davis’ agent Rich Paul told ESPN on Monday he would not sign an extension with the Pelicans and would prefer to be traded.
Reports then came out Saturday the Lakers had offered New Orleans Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Rajon Rondo, Beasley and a first-round pick to New Orleans for Davis.
Another came out Sunday that Lance Stephenson, Brandon Ingram and Ivica Zubac were also included in discussions.
The Pelicans are reportedly considering a counter-offer for the Lakers and talks are expected to resume next week, according to a report from the Los Angeles Times.