"I think the sense that I was getting and talking to both the Lakers and the teams around the league who were talking with the Lakers is they don't seem to have this incredible sense of urgency to make any trades right now," she said, per ESPN Los Angeles.
They were even bold enough to swing for the fences by trying to unload Luol Deng and his bloated contract.
But that idea began to unravel like a ball of yarn.
To start with, Los Angeles couldn't secure the right deal for Randle or Clarkson. There were mentions of first-round picks, but that didn't cut the mustard. They also needed to get expiring contracts to free up enough cap space for two max deals.
Nobody bit, though.
As if those roadblocks weren't enough, getting James in July seemed to be more of a wish in one hand and something else in the other scenario. The four-time MVP reportedly won't sign with a team that doesn't have another superstar in place and the Lakers don't have one.
DeMarcus Cousins was on Los Angeles' radar, but that changed quickly after he suffered a gruesome Achilles injury. They'd also hoped to call hometown-kid-made-good Paul George back to southern California, but he seems to have changed his mind about playing for the team he grew up rooting for in favor of remaining Russell Westbrook's sidekick in Oklahoma City.
That means there's nothing to be gained by shooting for free agency this summer.
Which is why the Lakers reportedly chose to start making mental chess moves for the 2019 free-agent class, per ESPN's Shelburne and Adrian Wojnarowski.
Few front offices in professional sports exercise patience, but that strategy may pay off for Magic Johnson.
It gives the organization more time to make the deals necessary to clear cap space, and it gives them more time to see their own hand, namely what assets they have in young players such as Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma.
Going into Thursday night's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Lakers are 22-31 and have been on a roll, winning 10 of its last 14 games.
Los Angeles has every right to hold its cards close to its vest and let everyone else play their hand as the clock expires on trades on Thursday, but there's still always a chance they'll make a deal, however big or small.
Phoenix Suns general manager Ryan McDonough quickly denied that report via his weekly radio show on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM.
"We believe in Marquese, we like his talent, we like his potential," McDonough said (h/t Scott Bordow of AZCentral.com). "I'm not sure where that (report) comes from given that really nothing with Marquese has been discussed. I don't see anything there happening."