The New Orleans Pelicans cut out Rob Pelinka and preferred to deal directly with Magic Johnson as they negotiated a deal for Anthony Davis around the trade deadline.

Alvin Gentry referred to the fallout from the Davis negotiations as the most toxic situation he's seen in 31 years, with Jeanie Buss describing rumors related to the trade as "fake news." 

With Johnson stepping down from the Lakers, Pelinka fired Luke Walton and is currently in charge of finding a new head coach.