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December 16, 2018 | 8:01 am EST Update

Lakers keeping young core to pursue Anthony Davis?

Which is why, when reports that the Lakers would not include any of their young core in a trade for Trevor Ariza came out, it fit with the Lakers’ long-term thinking. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN discussed this on a special trade season preview broadcast Saturday morning (transcription via Real GM). “Here’s the line [the Lakers] have to walk: they’re not going to give away picks and their top young players in some deal that makes them incrementally better this season because they have to save all those assets for Anthony Davis, a big trade this summer either pre or post free agency… “The absolute dream scenario, people talk about (how) they can trade for Anthony Davis or sign a free agent. The dream scenario is they do both.”
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A day after a three-team trade with the Grizzlies, Suns and Wizards fell through when the Suns thought they were getting Memphis forward Dillon Brooks when they had been offered MarShon Brooks, a clearly agitated Memphis general manager Chris Wallace said he never discussed dealing Dillon Brooks, blaming one or both of the other teams for the mess left behind. “I don’t carry grudges,” Wallace said, “but I’m not happy about what happened. “We were very clear about who was in the trade. Contrary to reports, it was not Dillon Brooks, which put us in a very difficult situation with our players. Individuals from one or both of those teams leaked the deal, while we were playing last night. That forced me to do something I’ve never done in 30-plus years working in this league for seven teams, which was to drag two players out of the locker room and tell them they have been traded and eventually have to come back in and tell them, ‘no you haven’t been traded.'”
Friday night’s three-team trade that never happened still was buzzing before the game. The Grizzlies’ MarShon Brooks and Wayne Selden were believed to be headed to Phoenix after the trade talks surfaced Friday night. Instead, confusion over whether the Grizzlies were including MarShon or Dillon Brooks killed the Memphis part of the deal, leading to a lot of talk on Saturday. Memphis coach J.B. Bickerstaff said he apologized to the players. MarShon Brooks still expressed his confusion over the circumstances. His mother learned of the trade near the end of Friday’s night’s game with Miami, even trying to tell him of the report from her seat in the stands. “It’s a little awkward, you know. I’m a human,” Brooks said. “I’ve got feelings. I’m not just numb to the situation. “I don’t know how it happened. I guess (the general managers) were in a group text or something.”
After the Orlando Magic completed a two-game sweep of the Chicago Bulls and Utah Jazz in Mexico, shooting guard Evan Fournier poked fun at doing so despite little encouragement from the local crowds. “Yeah, we felt more support tonight,” Fournier said after Saturday’s 96-89 win over the Jazz at the Arena Ciudad de Mexico. “But I did get booed at the line at the end of the game. I think fans just wanted a close game,” he added, smiling.
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Lonzo’s first career triple-double, which came when he was 20 years and 15 days old, actually eclipsed LeBron’s previous record of 20 years and 20 days … at least until Markelle Fultz did it later last season when he was 19 years and 317 days old. “They play basketball and they know how to make the right decisions,” said Luke Walton. “So I thought they were both very aggressive on both ends of the floor making sure we didn’t lose two in a row. It’s something that we talk about as a team and they are both such brilliant playmakers that when they are aggressive and they can get in the lane it puts a lot of pressure on another team’s defense and with LeBron we are used to him doing that.”
“We’re one and the same when it comes to our playmaking ability,” James said. “We’re always looking for our teammates and that’s the greatest satisfaction we can have when we see our teammates score the ball. We’ve always been pretty good rebounders for our position, him at the guard spot, me at the forward spot. And then being able to put the ball in the hole as well. We just try to be aggressive, attack the rim, make shots from the outside when guys disrespect us and we showed all of that tonight.”
The Lakers and Celtics would be the favorites in a trade scenario but the situation is fluid. The Celtics started with brighter prospects to offer in trade. It’s now closer with the emergence of the young Lakers and the eclipse of last spring’s breakout stars, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, with the return of injured veterans. The Celtics were also expected to have a top five pick, Sacramento’s. With the Kings’ amazing 15-13 start, it’s now out of the lottery.