Lakers Rumors: Danny Inexperienced was ‘very shut’ to becoming a member of Mavericks

With 6.four seconds left on the clock in opposition to the Dallas Mavericks, Danny Inexperienced inbounded the ball to Avery Bradley, who shortly gave the ball as much as LeBron James — the group’s main scorer that evening. As an alternative of taking it within the paint, the place he had two defenders ready for him, he kicked out to Inexperienced for the game-tying 3-point shot.

Inexperienced buried it, sending the Los Angeles Lakers to time beyond regulation, the place they’d go on to win 119-110.

For Lakers followers, it was some of the thrilling video games of the season to date. For Mavericks followers, it was a merciless reminder of what may have been.

Throughout this yr’s free company interval, Inexperienced (or whoever runs his podcast’s social) was very clear about his decision-making course of, even going so far as naming the groups he was contemplating. At one level, his choice got here right down to the Lakers, Mavericks and Toronto Raptors, the group he gained a championship with just some weeks prior.

Then, as soon as Kawhi Leonard — Inexperienced’s former San Antonio Spurs and Raptors teammate — dedicated to the LA Clippers, it got here right down to the Mavericks and Lakers. Throughout an look on ESPN’s “Now or By no means,” Inexperienced stated he almost joined the Mavericks due to how persuasive the group’s governor Mark Cuban was:

“Very shut. L.A. was ready on Kawhi, and L.A. was clearly my first choice. And Dallas was ready on me, and fortunately they waited. However (Mark) was like ‘look, if you decide in the present day we are able to throw this at you.’ And I used to be like ‘Ah, Rob, that is type of powerful man!’ However I waited it out and I obtained the place I need to be.”

Inexperienced stated his choice led to some awkward — albeit lighthearted — interactions with Cuban over the previous few months:

“It was between L.A. and Dallas and Mark Cuban made a very good pitch, and he made it powerful. So after I made my choice I did name them and it was powerful, and I did really feel type of unhealthy… I noticed (Mark) twice, and he was like ‘you son of a…’ (laughs).”

Inexperienced would have been an amazing slot in Dallas for most of the identical causes he’s such an excellent match on the Lakers subsequent to LeBron James and Anthony Davis. It’s additionally not laborious to think about that Inexperienced would have appreciated taking part in in Texas once more after dwelling there for eight years.

However these are all moot factors now as a result of Inexperienced performs for the Lakers. Amnesty THAT, Mark Cuban.

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