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LaVar Ball rips Lakers for including son Lonzo in Anthony Davis trade

LaVar Ball rips Lakers for including son Lonzo in Anthony Davis trade

Lonzo Ball is on his way out of Los Angeles as part of the Lakers' reported trade for Anthony Davis.

You just knew it wouldn't take long for Lonzo's loudmouth father, LaVar, to say something crazy regarding the trade. In fact, it took just a few hours.

ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk caught up with LaVar on Saturday while he was watching his son, LaMelo, play in the Drew League in LA, and he didn't hold back.

"It'll be the worst move the Lakers ever did in their life, and they'll never win another championship, guaranteed," LaVar said.

In their first season with LeBron James, the Lakers failed to make the playoffs. Then Magic Johnson, who drafted Ball No. 2 overall in 2017, abruptly quit as team president.

The last few months have been full of drama in LA. But through it all, LaVar still believed Lonzo was the player to help turn around the Lakers.

"They gonna regret it," LaVar told ESPN. "I'm going to have fun with it. I told y'all that it was crashing down. Now it completely crashed, but at least my son got off the boat before it exploded.

"I gave them a chance. You can rewind it and go back. I said if you get the three Ball brothers, you going to survive this. You let them go, oh, it's going to be a cold day in hell."

Oh, LaVar.

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Along with Ball, the Lakers are sending Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, three first-round draft picks and the right to swap first-rounders in 2023 and 2025 to the New Orleans Pelicans. It's a hefty price to pay for an oft-injured superstar. But LeBron has limited time left, so the Lakers needed to make a big splash.

While the Warriors probably are dreading the thought of facing LeBron and The Brow (plus whichever marquee free agent the Lakers sign), they're probably happy they don't have to deal with LaVar anymore.

NBA rumors: Rockets resisting Andre Iguodala trade due to luxury tax

NBA rumors: Rockets resisting Andre Iguodala trade due to luxury tax

Andre Iguodala currently is a member of the Memphis Grizzlies.

That remains strange to type.

With Memphis in full rebuild mode, it would be shocking if Iguodala remains with the franchise past the February trade deadline.

On Monday morning, Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium provided an update on where things stand with the 2015 NBA Finals MVP:

"The Grizzlies have tried to find a trade partner for Iguodala and get some value back -- more than the first-round pick that they acquired from the Warriors to take on his salary.

"The Dallas Mavericks and the Denver Nuggets have engaged with the Grizzlies at different points this offseason. Neither have really gained traction.

"The two teams strongly pursuing Iguodala still are the Rockets and the Clippers, but both teams seem to be at a standstill in talks with the Grizzlies.

The Rockets are still not comfortable and have been resisting going that deep into the luxury tax to acquire a guy like Iguodala where they give up a draft pick. Their tax bill could rise to upwards of $20 million.

The Clippers on the other hand -- the only salary that makes sense for them in terms of shipping out is Moe Harkless, the forward they acquired from the Portland Trail Blazers. But I'm told they do not want to part with Harkless in any type of a deal for Iguodala.

"Both the Rockets and the Clippers have been searching for third and fourth team scenarios to acquire Iguodala. At some point, the Grizzlies could just release Iguodala in a buyout agreement and do right by him and allow him to pick his next team.

"They have been working closely with his agent in trying to find a situation that works best for both sides."

Let's unpack all of this piece-by-piece.

The Grizzlies received a 2024 first-round pick (top-four protected) from Golden State. It's somewhat bold of them to expect even more in exchange, but Iguodala is very valuable and they do hold the leverage right now.

If the Rockets end up refusing to acquire Iguodala because of a luxury tax bill, then owner Tilman Fertitta might as well just sell the team. The guy is worth over $5 billion. Pay up.

If the Clippers are unwilling to give up Harkless for Iguodala, well ...

... that would be incrediby silly and probably won't sit well with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.

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Most likely, all sides are simply posturing and doing what you do in negotiations. It's quite possible that the front offices involved want to relax and let the dust settle before pulling any triggers.

Besides, we all know that Iguodala eventually will find a way to maneuver himself back to the Warriors next season...

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NBA rumors: Cavaliers offered J.R. Smith-Andre Iguodala trade to Warriors

NBA rumors: Cavaliers offered J.R. Smith-Andre Iguodala trade to Warriors

J.R. Smith forever will be remembered for his gaffe against the Warriors in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals. One year later, the Cavaliers reportedly tried to send the shooting guard to Golden State. 

The Cavs tried to trade Smith to the Warriors for Andre Iguodala, Cleveland.com's Chris Fedor reported Saturday. Before the Warriors traded Iguodala to the Grizzlies, Cleveland "offered lighter protections" in an Iguodala-Smith swap, according to Fedor. 

Smith has a partially guaranteed contract worth $4.37 million, which Fedor reports was the hurdle in a potential trade. By sending Iguodala's $17.1 million contract into Memphis' open salary cap space, the Warriors received a trade exception that can help them make future moves.

The Warriors would not have received the trade exception if they had added Smith's partially guaranteed deal. 

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Smith, 33, only played 11 games last season for the Cavs and averaged a career-low 6.7 points per game. The Cavs will now waive the veteran shooting guard Monday, Cleveland.com reported. 

Smith will now become a free agent, but he certainly won't wear a Warriors jersey next season.