Imagine, if you will, a society in which two organizations worth hundreds of millions of dollars negotiate an exchange of goods.
They have the deals finalized through a third party, but they come to a general agreement that bridges will be exchanged.
But upon the time for finalization, the sides realize one meant bridges for crossing over water or other obstacles, and the other meant the ones correcting dental issues.
That kind of just happened in the NBA.
The trade involving the Memphis Grizzlies with the Phoenix Suns and the Washington Wizards fell through because the Grizzlies thought they were sending out MarShon Brooks, and the Phoenix Suns thought they were receiving Dillon Brooks.
Deal's suddenly in peril. Memphis and Phoenix didn't communicate directly on trade, using Washington as a conduit in coordinating the 3-team deal, sources tell @ZachLowe_NBA and me. Grizzlies believe they were trading MarShon, but somehow Suns believed it was Dillon.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 15, 2018
The deal is dead, league source tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 15, 2018
The Washington Wizards apparently are not good communicators. Who knew? And WHO TRUSTS ERNIE GRUNFELD TO FACILITATE A THREE-TEAM TRADE?
Well, now the question will become “what might have been?” Was Dillon Brooks, Wayne Selden Jr., and two 2nd round picks for Kelly Oubre still a good deal? Was Memphis right to say no to parting with Dillon? What does this do to future Trevor Ariza negotiations now that the value has apparently been set at “not that much”?
The NBA is drunk, and while I wish Kelly Oubre Jr. was a Grizzly this story in and of itself is worth the confusion...sort of.
Stick with GBB as we try to sort this nonsense out.