Anthony Davis
The Lakers would have succeeded in getting Anthony Davis had talks not gotten out of hand. Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans sits on the bench with an injury in his finger during the game against the Detroit Pistons at Smoothie King Center on January 23, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Getty Images/Chris Graythen

The celebrated Anthony Davis trade that went haywire may be over and done with for now. The Los Angeles Lakers are likely to try again, but they may want to do so quietly next time.

According to a report from Sports Illustrated, sources claimed that the New Orleans Pelicans would have been more open in dealing with the Lakers had everything been handled low-key. When word of Davis wanting out and pointing to Los Angeles as his preferred destination, things simply got out of hand.

Though all of this is moot and academic, it is something that Lakers president Magic Johnson and company may want to consider should they make another run at Davis. But this time, they may be in for some stiff competition, with the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks likely in the fray.

There are other teams likely to join the mix, but these three teams are involved in pretty heavy drama. As reported in a previous article, Rich Paul, the agent of Davis and LeBron James, is in a lot of heat, with the Celtics believing he purposely planted the Kyrie Irving interest in the Knicks episode.

In a report from Sporting News, the ploy seemed like a dirty tactic to scare the Pelicans into thinking that the Celtics would back off on discussing a potential trade with Davis. This issue is likely to carry on in July.

The Knicks have emerged as a sensible destination for both Davis and Irving. Kevin Durant is who New York is seeking, meaning there are three legit NBA superstars in the radar of head coach David Fizdale.

With those in mind, expect a rowdy summer for the Celtics, Knicks and Lakers. Davis will have a rough road ahead, with media likely to bug him about his future plans.

Davis will have to ride it out with the Pelicans for the rest of the season with his performance in focus. Against the Oklahoma City Thunder, the top overall pick of the 2012 NBA Draft suffered a shoulder injury although it was nothing too bad, ESPN reported.

After a measly three-point performance against the Orlando Magic, Davis finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds this time around. He suffered the injury in the final seconds of the first half of that game when he crashed into Nerlens Noel as he was going for a block.