The Post has learned Jackson’s most influential advisor, Clarence Gaines Jr., secretly caught a Ntilikina game in France at another point. In addition, their Barcelona-based European scout Kevin Wilson caught his share. Granted, the Mavericks were on Ntilikina’s trail first last season, when he barely played for Strasbourg. According to a source, the Mavericks were tipped off by former Mavericks guard, Frenchmen Rodrique Beaubois, who played for Strasbourg last season.
August 22, 2017 | 6:40 pm EDT Update
The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics are engaged in serious trade discussions centered on swapping All-Star guards Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas, league sources told The Vertical. The teams are still working on the framework of a deal, and Jae Crowder has been included in the discussions, league sources said.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Boston center Ante Zizic also expected to be part of a potential Cleveland deal for Kyrie Irving, league sources tell ESPN.