The Cavaliers ultimately got a lot in return for Kyrie Irving, a star point guard who wanted out after helping lead Cleveland to three straight NBA Finals appearances. But before they struck a deal with the Celtics for Isaiah Thomas and others, the Cavs reportedly tried for Klay Thompson of the Warriors.
Yes, the two teams that have met in the NBA Finals three straight times discussed a potential blockbuster. Marc Spears of ESPN's The Undefeated reported the would-be trade, saying Cavs GM Kobi Altman "did call the uninterested Warriors about Klay Thompson, a source said."
Well, wouldn't that have been interesting? From Cleveland's perspective, it would have been a great trade. Thompson could co-exist with LeBron James and Kevin Love, and one could argue he's a better player than Irving is.
From the Warriors' side of things, that trade would have been a potential disaster. Irving would have needed to play alongside Stephen Curry and, though they would be amazing on offense, defense would be a completely different issue. Thompson works perfectly with Curry because he can not only score, but he's among the best defensive guards in the business.
Beyond all those things, would the Warriors really want to switch it up now after winning their second title in three years? Nice try, Cleveland.
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Clippers guard Patrick Beverley made a point to embarrass Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball in the latter's NBA debut. After dominating him on the court, Beverley said he had to "set the tone."
On Wednesday, Wizards point guard John Wall will get a crack at Ball when Washington plays the Lakers at the Staples Center. Wall knows why Beverley went after Ball like that, but says he doesn't blame Ball himself.
"I think his dad put him in a situation where guys are going to target him," Wall said on the Wizards Tipoff podcast, referencing LaVar Ball. "Lonzo is one of those kids that is very talented. He's been a good player for years, he just don't say much. I think his dad does all the talking for him."
Ball, 19, was the second overall pick in this June's NBA Draft. He had just three points on 1-of-6 shooting against the Clippers on Wednesday, but bounced back for 29 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists against the Suns on Friday.
Wall thinks Ball will be fine as long as he can keep up his production on the court to back up his dad's trash-talking.
"He's a great kid from what I've seen on the outside looking in," Wall said. "A lot of people in this league are going to take it personally. It's not the son's fault. He went back and had a better game [vs. the Suns]. That's all he's gotta do is go out there and play. He's not gonna do any talking anyways. If he gets killed or don't get killed or kills somebody, he's not going to be the guy talking."
Wall is as competitive as they come and will give Ball a tough challenge on Wednesday night, but it doesn't sound like he plans to pull a Beverley and overtly embarrass him.
Listen to Wall's full 1-on-1 interview on the Wizards Tipoff podcast:
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On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman personal injury lawyers, Wizards star John Wall joined the show for a 1-on-1 interview. Wall explained Wolf Season and how it relates to Michael Jackson's 'Thriller.'
Wall also discussed his upcoming matchup with Lonzo Ball and why Ball is being targeted by other NBA players because of his dad, LaVar.
After talking to Wall, host Chase Hughes broke down the upcoming road trip.
You can listen to the episode right here:
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