The Lakers found out about Ball’s situation when Lonz…

The Lakers found out about Ball’s situation when Lonzo Ball called General Manager Rob Pelinka, and the organization informed him that they would not allow it and could void his contract if he went through with the procedure, sources said. The Lakers then arranged transportation to bring Ball home, sources said. This could have been a disastrous moment for the Lakers, with a core player potentially undergoing a procedure that could have blindsided the organization. But Johnson and Lakers General Manager Rob Pelinka communicated with those around Lonzo, working with his then-agent Harrison Gaines to squash the procedure and bring him back to Los Angeles, sources around the team with knowledge of the situation said. Gaines declined to comment when reached by phone.
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June 16, 2021 | 6:58 pm EDT Update

Steve Kerr approached Leandro Barbosa about playing this season

Warriors assistant coach Leandro Barbosa said coach Steve Kerr approached him about playing this season and doesn’t know why the opportunity never materialized. Barbosa, who specializes on the Warriors staff in mentoring players, acknowledged that the idea of him returning as a player after three years away from the NBA “wasn’t a joke at all” when injuries decimated the team’s rotation while the Warriors were in the playoff hunt.
“It wasn’t a joke at all,” Barbosa said. “Unfortunately that didn’t happen. But if it happened, I was ready to go. I know the offense, I know how we play… So as far as the connection with the guys, I don’t have a problem at all.” So why didn’t it happen? “I really don’t know, my man,” Barbosa said. “That’s a question you’d have to ask Steve or the organization.”
Brad Townsend: I’m told that reports of Luka Doncic being upset about Donnie Nelson’s parting with the Mavericks aren’t based on conversations anyone’s had with Doncic because he hasn’t shared such feelings. Doncic and Nelson are personally close and have been since before Dallas drafted him, but that’s not the same as saying Doncic is upset with the franchise regarding today’s news.
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June 16, 2021 | 6:14 pm EDT Update