Apparently, Cuban was already in deep discussions with then-Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss about a potential blockbuster deal: “I was going back and forth with Dr. Buss, and I forgot who called who, I think he called me, actually, and said, ‘Look, we think we might be parting ways with Kobe,’” Cuban said. As it turns out, however, the deal “all fall apart” when Cuban told a Lakers PR guy named Elvis about it. Word quickly spread and Cuban believes Mitch Kupchak ended up convincing Kobe to stay in LA.
September 27, 2022 | 1:20 pm EDT Update
Andrew Schlecht: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander on the speculation that he would want out of Oklahoma City “I know what I signed up for when I signed a 5 year extension… and I don’t think we’re gonna be losing for much longer.” “I believe in this team”
Rob Schaefer: Lonzo Ball asked about possibility of missing entire season: “That’s not in my mind right now. That would be the worst case scenario.” Said earlier that, given it’s his third surgery on same knee, he’s not going to rush anything rehab-wise
Ian Begley: Tom Thibodeau is asked about the starting shooting guard spot: “With Jalen, with RJ, with Julius we need shooting (at SG).” When asked about it, Thibodeau says Evan Fournier is front-runner to start at SG entering training camp.