Lakers have better trade package than Knicks; Griffin doesn’t hold grudge, will accept the best deal for AD

Lakers have better trade package than Knicks; Griffin doesn’t hold grudge, will accept the best deal for AD

  • The NBA’s new smoothed lottery odds raised the possibility of teams leaping from the middle toward the top, and boy howdy was there some leapin’ on Tuesday in Chicago.
  • In all my years in the drawing room – and I’m becoming the Elgin Baylor of that room at this point – the loudest display of emotion I had seen was in 2012 from Dell Demps, then the general manager of the New Orleans Pelicans, when New Orleans won the Anthony Davis lottery.
  • Seven years later, with Davis hovering over the lottery in a very different way, Alvin Gentry, the Pelicans’ coach and drawing room representative, threw all decorum out the window when the fourth pingpong ball drawn completed a four-number combination that belonged to New Orleans.
  • After the lottery ended, Gentry approached the dozen reporters in the room and offered another wink-wink apology.
  • Back to the lottery: How crazy is it that we spent the past two months wondering how the lottery would impact the Davis trade sweepstakes, only for Davis’ actual team to win the lottery? You cannot make this up.
  • The sort of jumps New Orleans, Memphis and the Lakers made Tuesday – and the connected drops of the league’s very worst teams – were precisely what the NBA intended, or at least what it conceded to as a possibility, when it tweaked the lottery rules for this year.
  • More trinkets from the lottery room! Zarren brought a Hoyo de Monterrey cigar – Red Auerbach’s preferred brand, apparently.