“I was kind of excited, honestly,” Ball told ESPN of his first reaction to the trade, after filming Saturday for the PUBG MOBILE Team Up Superstar Showdown event. “I kind of figured someone was going to get moved soon enough. I knew Anthony Davis wanted to come bad. Anytime you can get a guy like that, you are going to have to do what you have to do to get him. So I was kind of already just waiting for it, honestly, and I was happy to go with two guys I am comfortable with in B.I. [Brandon Ingram] and JHart [Josh Hart]. I am excited to see what we can do. “I tell people when I was a rookie, I probably would have been sad,” Ball added of being traded. “Just being from L.A., having my whole family here and wanting to be a Laker. But being in the league for two years, knowing it’s a business, as long you get to play, that’s a blessing in itself. I’m excited to get started.”
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Shams Charania: Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson will not play for the Canadian national team in this summer’s FIBA World Cup, agent Rich Paul tells @The Athletic @Stadium. Thompson was named on Canada’s training camp roster this week.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent F Cam Reynolds has agreed to a two-way deal with Milwaukee, agent @JamesDunleavy3 tells ESPN.
The Washington Wizards’ sideline probably will look slightly different for the 2019-20 season, once the team makes intended internal coaching moves. The Wizards are in the preliminary stages of a shift that would promote Jarell Christian to an NBA assistant coach and have Ryan Richman take over the head coaching duties with their G League franchise, the Capital City Go-Go, according to several people with knowledge of the plans that have not yet been finalized.
The expected in-house moves reflect only minor alterations to Brooks’s staff, a unit that has remained relatively constant in his three seasons as Washington’s head coach. The staff also consists of veteran coach Tony Brown, former player Robert Pack, who coached the Wizards during the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, Mike Terpstra and Maz Trakh.
Capitol Hill staffers lined up on Wednesday to try free vegan sausages and meet former NBA star John Salley at PETA’s 23rd annual Congressional Veggie Dog Lunch. The annual event is organized by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, a prominent animal rights group, and intended to promote the message that “animals are not ours to eat” and tout what the group says are the benefits of going vegan.