James Boyd: I asked Zach LaVine, who was traded from Minnesota to Chicago early in his career, what he thinks of Tyrese Haliburton’s opportunity with the #Pacers: “Tyrese is off the charts, and him getting a different opportunity now in Indiana I think is gonna be big for him.” #NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/zldbuGxx8p
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James Boyd: I asked Jayson Tatum what is his impression of Tyrese Haliburton and the chance he has now with the #Pacers: “I like him a lot. I think as with everyone else, I was shocked that he got traded. I don’t know how much sense that made, but I’m sure Indiana is happy.” #NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/cvQAOfhMNw
James Boyd: Lol I asked LaMelo Ball about Tyrese Haliburton being traded to the #Pacers: “Tyrese, I think he a great player. I feel like he’ll fit in (with the) Pacers well. I think he been doing good, right?” I nodded my head when LaMelo flipped the question back on me. 😂 #NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/fQ4uFPp8WR
James Boyd: I asked Monty Williams what was his reaction to Tyrese Haliburton being traded to the #Pacers and what he thinks of Haliburton’s potential: “For Indiana to get a player like Haliburton, that kind of gives you a point guard for the next 10-12 years.” #NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/6BDPW59P69
Tyrese Haliburton: A minute or so after that, 90 seconds max, my phone lights up. I look down at the screen and it says Monte. It’s our GM, Monte McNair. And I’m not gonna lie: When I saw that name pop up on my phone, my heart sank. I knew it was over right then. It was a quick conversation. Pretty straightforward. “Hey man, I just wanted to let you know that we made a trade, and we’re going to be sending you to Indiana. I wish you the best.” There were maybe a couple more words after that. We both said thank you. Then I hung up, set my phone down, and started crying my eyes out.
Tyrese Haliburton: Thirty minutes — that’s all it took. Last week, in the span of a half hour, I went from feeling like I’d be in Sacramento for the next decade … to experiencing the biggest surprise of my entire life. It all started at 10 in the morning on Tuesday, two days before the trade deadline. When my agent called, I was just finishing up breakfast at my house, and the first thing I thought was that maybe he was calling to give me the inside scoop on some players our team was looking into getting. Nah. “Hey man, I just wanted to get in touch because I think you might be getting traded.”
Tyrese Haliburton: I honestly thought he was joking. It was like, Come on now. They’re not trading me. Get out of here. But two seconds later, when it became clear that, actually, he wasn’t joking … I mean, I know this might sound like I’m being dramatic, but you know when you get the news that something bad has happened to a family member or a close friend? And it feels like for a few seconds your heart almost stops? Like there’s just a hollow feeling all through your body? That’s kind of what it was like.
Tyrese Haliburton: After hanging up, I walked into the bathroom and just sat on the counter by the sink in silence. A few minutes later, my girlfriend came in and asked me what was up. When I told her there was a chance I might get traded, at first she didn’t believe me. Once she could tell I was serious, though, she started to get a little worried. So I was like, “Let’s just wait and see what happens in a few days. No big deal. This is fine.” Next thing I know, not even five minutes later, my phone rings. It’s my agent again. “Indiana,” he says. “It’s looking like Indiana.” “What?????” “I’ll keep you posted.”
Tyrese Haliburton: None of us could believe I was actually going to be leaving. I guarantee that if you had taken a poll of our locker room that morning and were like, “Which guy on this team most wants to be in Sacramento long-term” … everyone would’ve said me. And I think that’s what all those tears and emotions were about, at the end of the day.
Tyrese Haliburton: I really, really, really was all in on Sacramento. And I wasn’t shy about it. I would tell people, straight up, “I want to be that next C-Webb for this city.” That was my whole mindset. I wanted to become one of those players who got drafted somewhere and built a legacy — on and off the court. I wanted to become someone the people of Sacramento knew was in their corner.
Scott Agness: Kings GM Monte McNair on the belief that other teams didn’t know Tyrese Haliburton was available via trade: “Maybe don’t believe everything that’s out there. We do our due diligence. Anytime there’s a player that we think can help us, we go kick the tires on that player.”
James Boyd: I asked Buddy Hield, who’s been traded before, how he’s helping Tyrese Haliburton through that process: “Just use this as motivation. You got traded for an All-Star player like (Domantas) Sabonis. Them two was the headline (players).” #Pacers pic.twitter.com/ftAAv69z45
James Boyd: I asked Tyrese Haliburton about not having the chance to rebuild with the Kings: “They ain’t want me. … It’s part of the business.” @jxlorenzi then asked if there’s any difficulty to trust a new franchise: “It hurt when I got traded. … I’mma put all I got into this.” #Pacers pic.twitter.com/L3TDM0awFA
In the initial aftermath, I haven’t spoken to one observing team that likes this move for the Kings, especially given how well-known Haliburton was for wanting to be the guy to try to lead this franchise out of the doldrums. Desperate to prevent a league-record 16th consecutive season out of the playoffs, Sacramento still has at least two players (Harrison Barnes and Marvin Bagley III) who should have been dealt by now and remain eager to escape. Stay tuned, Kings diehards. If you dare.
And while Sabonis represents a massive talent at just 25 years of age, many were left puzzled by Sacramento’s decision to move off Haliburton, the 21-year-old point guard who has impressed this season. “The league is stunned,” said ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, who reported multiple teams would have been “knocking at the door” if they knew Haliburton was available.
Mark Jones: Haliburton was “shocked” when informed of the deal by his representatives and then moments later by GM Monte McNair. He’s packing his belongings and is heading to Indianapolis tomorrow. The overriding impression with TeamHaliburton is that the Kings “really wanted Sabonis”
San Amick: One minor update on the Kings-Pacers specifics: The second rounder that goes to Sacramento is 2023. It conveys if it’s 31-55, source says
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Pacers are trading Domas Sabonis, Jeremy Lamb and Justin Holiday to Sacramento for Tyrese Hailburton, Buddy Hield and Tristan Thompson, sources tell ESPN.
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Pacers are including a 2027 second-round pick in the deal to the Kings, sources tell ESPN.
Bobby Marks: Indiana will create a $6M TE in the deal Buddy Hield: $23.1M, $21.2M and $19.3M Tyrese Haliburton: $4M, $4.2M and $5.8M Tristan Thompson: $9.7M
Brenden Nunes: “I refuse to let the culture of what the Kings have been in the past take over who I am as a person… I’m a member of the Sacramento Kings so I’m gonna help fix this. It ain’t gonna be in a day but ima be here and we’re gonna make it work I promise that.” – Tyrese Haliburton
Several Kings players have heard their names come up in reported trade talks, including Fox, Haliburton, Holmes, Hield, Barnes and Marvin Bagley III. The organization would prefer to continue building around Fox and Haliburton, but even Fox admitted anything can happen before the trade deadline.
Many believe the Kings are still the front-runner for Simmons, though any deal could come down to the wire. Sacramento’s lone keeper is believed to be Tyrese Haliburton, though it would take a significant bounty for the Kings to give up on Fox. Sacramento won’t pay Fox, Simmons and Harris but isn’t likely to part with Fox if Harris is in tow with Simmons.
According to league sources, the team is confident they can build around both Fox and Haliburton and that is what they hope to do in the coming days and months. Is there a possibility for a late change of heart? Absolutely, but the Kings would have to get a wild over the top deal in order to change their current stance.
Sabonis is one of the more interesting names that may find a new home before the NBA trade deadline comes and goes. He’s an All-Star and one of the best passing bigs in the game. According to a league source, Fox is not on the table in a swap for the big, as reported on Wednesday. Neither is Tyrese Haliburton. Can the Kings still land the 25-year-old big man? Maybe, but it would have to be for some package of picks and players and the price is likely going to be high.
The Kings remain active in trade conversations, informing teams in the marketplace that they want to build around Fox and second-year guard Tyrese Haliburton, sources said. The Kings have informed Fox and his representation, agent Chris Gaston of Family First Sports, that they do not want to trade him and want to center the team around him and Haliburton. Team sources said any potential deal around Fox for Pacers center Domantas Sabonis will not happen.
One source said Sacramento is considering to package Buddy Hield, Tyrese Haliburton, Harrison Barnes and two first-round picks for Simmons, Harris and Matisse Thybulle. However, the source said the Sixers aren’t interested in that package.
Another source said the Sixers haven’t received a formal trade offer at this time. The source added that none of those talks have involved Thybulle or any of the Sixers’ other young players. Speaking of Thybulle specifically, the source added the second-team All-Defensive selection is close to being untouchable.
But, intent on getting Simmons, a source said the Kings are trying to find a way to acquire Harris, who’s also a power forward. They would either trade for him or find a third team willing to take Harris in a multi-team trade, according to a league source. At this time, the two sides have not gained any significant traction on a deal ahead of the Feb. 10 deadline.
The Kings have received an abundance of interest in Fox and second-year guard Tyrese Haliburton, but the internal plan is to build around those two cornerstones in the backcourt rather than shipping them out, sources said.
Use the Kings as an example. Sacramento is now reportedly open to making De’Aaron Fox and/or Tyrese Haliburton available in the right deals, and those aren’t equal propositions for Philadelphia. In all likelihood, sources say, a deal involving Fox would almost certainly have to be a three-team deal, moving Fox to another party in order to get what the Sixers think they need.
A report from The Athletic’s Sam Amick shut down most of the chatter regarding Haliburton’s availability, and in the latest episode of The Old Man and the Three, the 21-year-old addressed the situation directly with hosts JJ Redick and Tommy Alter. “I kind of just laugh about it,” Haliburton said when asked about the rumors. “I don’t really think it’s that realistic. I don’t see it happening.”
According to a source with knowledge of their situation, the Kings spoke to the Sixers weeks ago and made it clear that both De’Aaron Fox and Tyrese Haliburton would not be included in a possible Simmons deal. That stance, the source said, has not and will not change and the internal expectation is that the core of their roster will remain the same heading into training camp later this month.
The 76ers were widely believed to be holding out for a chance to acquire Damian Lillard from the Portland Trail Blazers, but Lillard recently said he isn’t leaving Portland, “not right now at least.” As for Sacramento, sources have suggested the 76ers would only be willing to consider an offer that includes De’Aaron Fox or Tyrese Haliburton. The Kings are unlikely to part with either player, but they can offer Buddy Hield, a prolific 3-point shooter who would space the floor for Joel Embiid; Marvin Bagley III, a former No. 2 pick who has yet to reach his potential; and other assets, including multiple first-round draft picks.
Another source questioned why either team would make that deal, specifically saying it doesn’t do enough to address Philadelphia’s need for leadership. The source suggested the Kings could make a serious play for Simmons if they make De’Aaron Fox or Tyrese Haliburton available. Some believe the 76ers could make a move for Kyrie Irving, Bradley Beal or Damian Lillard instead.
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“He hasn’t had the opportunity to be on the stage before,” Curry said. “With the confidence that we have as a team and the ability to come out here and prove who he is as a player in games that matter and I always say ‘just find ways to impact winning,’ he’s figured that out.
Wiggins doesn’t know where that dunk ranks in his collection, but Stephen Curry said it’s the best he has ever seen from his teammate. Klay Thompson said Wiggins looked like Dominique Wilkins. “That was impressive, I’m not going to lie,” Doncic said of the poster. “I saw the video again, and I was like, ooh. That was pretty incredible. I wish I had those bunnies.”
CJ Holmes: Andrew Wiggins on his poster dunk over Luka Doncic: “They tried to take it away, but maybe they didn’t see it fully through. That’s what challenges are for.” Had a huge smile on his face while responding to the question.
“If you can come in and play good basketball, you can essentially put a team away tonight,” Warriors forward Draymond Green said. “Now this team isn’t going to quit … but you can instill a lot of doubt with coming out and winning this game. And we knew that.”
“That’s a guy who has been criticized for being lackadaisical and the beat goes on, you’ve heard it all, yet on the biggest stage, he’s come through,” Green said. “It’s great to see, absolutely amazing to see him pick up his level of play.”
“I’m still learning,” said Doncic, who also had 11 rebounds, three assists and two blocks. “I think the first two quarters, I played very bad. That’s on me. But I’m still learning. I think after this season is done, whatever we are, I think we’re going to look back and learn a lot of things. “It’s my first time in the conference finals in the NBA. I’m 23, man. I’m still learning a lot.”