This is the thing I feel a lot of people are missing in the saga. The Lakers offered a grand package and the Pelicans probably should have accepted it w/Kuzma included as was reported. However, it was also known earlier in negotiations that they really wanted Lonzo to be their PG of the future and they felt he could have really elevated his game away from Lebron/Lakers. So if the Pelicans knew that Lonzo wasnt going to play there, then what is the Lakers package? Kuzma, Zubac, and then like 3-4 future first rounders likely in the 24-30 range? (Since AD + Lebron makes playoffs annually) I dont think the Pelicans viewed Ingram and Hart as highly and thats also key in this. They also dont really care about the expirings/$$$ in terms of long term assets. They could have added a 3rd team in this like the Suns to take back Lonzo, but what of value could the Suns send to the Pelicans if the Suns wouldnt give up their own potential Top-5 picks? And I think NOLA really wanted a young PG in return which the Suns also wanted and get in this scenario. It was never really about Celtics young core vs. Lakers young core. If Lonzo was willing to play with the Pelicans and his dad kept quiet, Im confident AD is with the Lakers now and Kuzma, Ball and others are with the Pelicans. The Lakers could still grab him this summer though (certainly not out of the question).
idk about that
Accept that the Pels dont think Lonzo is their savior or even worth much value in a big trade package.
They probably viewed him as the 2nd best asset in the trade behind Kuzma.
Where are you getting these facts from?
Ill admit its something I assumed as one of the reasons but I did find the actual tweet proving that this could be the reason as well (in the actual post)
Yeah but no, Lakers could have thrown LeBron into the offer but new Orleans wouldnt have taken it. Its a matter of principle for them.
This guy gets it. Anyone who thought NOLA was actually going to trade AD to L.A. before the deadline is fucking crazy lmao Or at the very least theyre someone I would NEVER want negotiating anything on my behalf
If that were to be true it’d be dumb af
Not really. New Orleans basically said to AD we know the connection between you and the Lakers, and even though we have the leverage we wont set the precedent of our Stars being able to force their way to wherever they want. They will send him where they
I think it is true on some level, but they believe they can get A better offer from the Celtics so screwing with the lakers was just a massive bonus
Let it go... It wasnt meant to be...
I mean I dont really care about the end outcome, just think its ridiculous that everyones bashing the Cs young core now any chance they get thinking they are the sole reason the Lakers didnt get AD.
not a bad take https://twitter.com/fletcherwdsu/status/1092824951504031744?s=21
It wouldnt have mattered. He is under contract for 3 more years. I really doubt Lonzo would have put his career in jeopardy by not playing for them. Pelicans werent negotiating in good faith anyway.
The Balls can’t do shit about an AD trade. The trade didn’t happen because Demps either doesn’t want to deal with LA or wants to see what the Celtics have to offer.
Publicly stating you dont wish to play there isnt good at all though, youre not going to be getting 100% effort from the player, you know the player has a high chance of not resigning and you may feel that other potential tradees share similar feelings.
Lavar said he didn’t want Lonzo in NOLA. It could’ve been a deciding factor of Lonzo not progressing well/not resigning.
nobody cares about that clown
I’m not buying it. What’s LaVar gonna do, tell Lonzo to quit the NBA and go to Lithuania? That shit wouldn’t work with a son who’s actually in the highest tier basketball league on the planet.
Picturing the NOP brass sitting in a conference room, wringing their hands over the possibility of Lonzo fking Ball declining to re-sign "I feel pretty good about this trade, but what if Lonzo walks?" "Dang youre right, that would be a deal breaker. We
Looks like we have our new winner for worst take of the day
I swear if we see this post repackaged and regurgitated on First Take
lol yeah this really didnt do you any favors bud
he ain’t there though
The trade deadline is over bro, gotta move from this
Nah the Pelicans had no interest in doing a deal.
Pelicans werent trading until they saw where the picks landed.
No they don’t want shitty lonzo
He trash I watch him avoid 9 eazy lay ups a game and miss 3
How about Lonzo on a stretcher? I mean, he can beat MJ amirite Lavar?
its not that hes shit, its just because we desperately dont want to endure another Eric Gordon situation.
lakers and celtics core are trash
Daddy playing 4D chess to keep living in Los Angeles. Remember Lonzo was also “injured” after last season ended.
1. Zion Williamson if the Knicks win the lotto (14% chance) 2. Jayson Tatum if the Celtics retain Kyrie Irving 3. Lakers offer TIED with Clippers potential offer