The Cavaliers may have been closer to a Paul George trade than we thought. And thanks to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, Dave McMenamin and Brian Windhorst, we now know exactly what offer was on the table.
The Cavaliers were just moments away from finalizing a three-team deal that would have sent George to Cleveland, Kevin Love to Denver and Gary Harris and other pieces to Indiana, according to ESPN.
Plans were put in place for a call to be arranged between George and Gilbert, an important step before the trade would become final, sources said. The front office began making other plans to complement George as free agency was about to begin.
But then Pritchard, who had been on the conference call when the deal was tentatively agreed to, sent the message that his team was backing out, sources said. There was no deal.
When Fox heard the news, he tweeted a picture of an emoji character with his hands over his face. He was probably disappointed that he and Ball wouldn’t get the chance to go head-to-head on Monday. Fox later deleted the tweet, though.
Ball’s UCLA Bruins and Fox’s Kentucky Wildcats played against each other twice last year. The Bruins won the first meeting, 97-92, in December. Ball racked up 14 points, seven assists, and six boards, but Fox scored 20 points and dished out nine assists. Ball and Fox met again during the NCAA tournament. Kentucky won, 86-75, eliminating UCLA from the tournament. Fox torched Ball, scoring a game-high 39 points to lead Kentucky to victory. Fox said he scored all those points in the Sweet 16 to shut LaVar Ball, Lonzo’s dad, up.