An NBA star was almost traded for the rights to draft Lonzo Ball.
Phil Jackson was fired by the New York Knicks earlier this summer after three years with the team.
Before he was fired, though, he nearly pulled off a trade that would have changed the NBA.
According to NBA reporter Peter Vecsey, Phil Jackson was intent on trading Kristaps Porzingis to the Boston Celtics in exchange for the No. 1 overall pick.
With the No. 1 pick, Jackson would have reportedly taken Lonzo Ball.
During a Hoops Hype podcast, Vecsey gave the following account of Jackson’s plans:
People knew, they probably wouldn’t have accepted, but Phil was angling to try and trade Porzingis for the No. 1 pick to Boston and he would have taken [Lonzo] Ball. That’s who he was after. In the end, people might really like that.”
This move would have changed the NBA, and would have made certain that Lonzo Ball did not end up in Los Angeles as a member of the Lakers.
Instead, Porzingis remained with the Knicks, Lonzo landed with the Lakers, and Phil Jackson found himself out of the NBA.