Phil Jackson reportedly wanted to get Lonzo Ball by trading Kristaps Porzingis
Phil Jackson reportedly wanted to trade Kristaps Porzingis to the Boston Celtics for the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA draft with hopes of getting Lonzo Ball.
Leading up to the draft the Lakers had been linked to both Frank Ntilikina and Dennis Smith, so the consensus was they wanted a player to run their system, but Ball’s name was never really thrown out there as a possibility.
Gilbert’s comments likely stemmed from the fact the Cavs missed out on George. He was a major target of theirs, and they felt they were close to landing him. An ESPN report claims Indiana general manager Kevin Pritchard backed out when the Cavs were just starting to celebrate.
The deal, which involved the Nuggets, would have sent Kevin Love to Denver, George to Cleveland and players such as Gary Harris and the 13th pick in the draft to Indiana. Instead, the Pacers ended up with Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis from the Thunder.
While we don’t know why the Pacers didn’t go with the pre-draft trade, Windhorst mentioned Monday on The Lowe Post the Cavs weren’t interested in a deal the Pacers initiated.
I know that around the draft and in the Paul George talks, the Cavs were not willing to make Kyrie Irving available for Paul George, he said.
Zach Lowe added: The Pacers offered Paul George for Kyrie Irving. That’s a thing that happened, according to people that we’ve talked to.
When it’s all said and done, though, it was pretty remarkable to hear Gilbert openly mock the Pacers’ haul for George during Wednesday’s conference. He wasn’t asked a question about it, and instead decided to give his response, unprovoked.