April 2021 Basketball Wiretap

Execs Expect Pelicans To Consider Lonzo Ball Sign-And-Trade

Apr 16, 2021 2:25 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans discussed Lonzo Ball with several teams before the trade deadline with the Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls, Denver Nuggets and Atlanta Hawks among the teams showing interest, sources tell ESPN.

Some executives came away from those talks with the impression that Ball might be made available in a sign-and-trade in the offseason as a restricted free agent.

The Pelicans, however, had indeed expressed interest in keeping Ball. 

Ball is averaging 14.5 points and 38.4% from 3 on 8.1 attempts per game, all career highs.

Brian Windhorst, Andrew Lopez/ESPN

Tags: Lonzo Ball, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Mavericks Consider Jalen Brunson 'Pretty Much Untouchable'

Apr 8, 2021 5:52 PM

While Luka Doncic is the clear franchise player of the Dallas Mavericks, Jalen Brunson has emerged in his third NBA season as perhaps their second most indispensable player. Brunson was the 33rd overall pick in 2018 out of Villanova and is averaging 13.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 25.5 minutes per game. 

"By the way, I heard that around the trade deadline the Mavericks got some calls about Jalen Brunson," said Brian Windhorst on his podcast. "And it basically like 'Luka's obviously untouchable and Jalen is pretty much untouchable. If you're going to offer LeBron, we'll listen.'

"He's being viewed as a foundational core piece going forward."

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Tags: Jalen Brunson, Dallas Mavericks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor