Winner: The Pacers and D’Angelo Russel — Russel is not necessary in LA anymore. And that’s great for him, getting away from the West Knicks and try to rebuild his carreer somewhere else. The Pacers have the chance to cash in with Paul George, and start this rebuild with young talent. The Lakers don’t have any incentive to tank, so it makes sense for both parties. The price for George can’t be higher or lower than Ingram and Russel, right?
Loser: the Raptors — so, your franchise can’t compete against LeBron, your max salary franchise player doesn’t even believe he can beat LeBron. And the Celtics seems like another juggernaut-to-be. That’s horrible. They were a feel good story just a month ago.