Lakers Veterans and Luke Walton Reportedly Had a 'Heated' Locker Room Argument

JaVale McGee, Michael Beasley, and Josh Hart got into a heated discussion with Walton the stopped short of becoming physical.

Lakers head coach Luke Walton

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Lakers head coach Luke Walton

With the trade deadline approaching, tensions within the Lakers locker room appeared to reach a boiling point following Saturday's loss to Golden State

According to The Athletic's Shams Charania, Los Angeles' veteran players and head coach Luke Walton had a fiery argument that "stopped short of turning physical" after Walton suggested they play more team basketball. 

As uncertainty surrounds Lakers into deadline week, several veterans -- including Michael Beasley -- had an emotionally-charged verbal exchange with head coach Luke Walton postgame tonight, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium. It stopped short of turning physical.

— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 3, 2019

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.”

— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 3, 2019

While JaVale McGee, Lance Stephenson, and Michael Beasley were the names reportedly at the center of the exchange, Stephenson took it upon himself to clear his name from the rumors.

Reports suggested several #LaLakers players were involved in a furious bust-up with head coach Luke Walton after their loss to the Warriors...

But Lance Stephenson took to Instagram to deny his role...#NBA #LakeShow

After news of the argument surfaced, many speculated that the beef was centered around lingering issues. Sources, however, claim that the media is merely blowing reactions to an emotional loss out of proportion. 

Texted a few folks about whatever it was that happened in Lakers lockeroom tonight. One described it as typical lockeroom stuff & said, “It never got close to getting out of control, people are always emotional after a loss.”

— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) February 3, 2019

Amid the reports, the Lakers front office has been trying to put together a package that will help them land New Orleans center Anthony Davis. Young talent (Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball) and veterans (Beasley, Rajon Rondo) have been named in trade reports, which is making the locker room uneasy.

Source called what happened tonight: "way overhyped." Stuff like this happens in locker rooms often but Lakers are under ton of scrutiny right now. With vets on 1-year deals + young guys going through 1st trade deadline hearing their names, Lakers locker room can be tense lately

— Ohm Youngmisuk (@NotoriousOHM) February 3, 2019

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