Adidas reportedly told referees to lay off LaVar Ball at Las Vegas tournament

Referees at Adidas’ AAU basketball tournament in Las Vegas this week have been implored by the shoe company to let LaVar Ball’s sideline antics slide, because of the blustering patriarch’s drawing power and also because the brand may be interested in signing his son, Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball, to an endorsement deal, ESPN.com reports.

A source told the website that refs have been told by Adidas officials to put three officials on the game who will keep (LaVar) in the building while the Big Baller Brand squad he coaches is competing.

There was several scenarios discussed at that time, Gilbert said in reference to Irving’s meeting with Cavs brass a few weeks ago. I don’t feel it’s appropriate to really get into the details of all those scenarios, and again, I don’t know the sources of the report that there was a trade request made, I read it in the media like some of you reported and some of you read, but we talked about widely the possibilities of the future at that time, we had not assigned Koby yet as general manager, and there were a few other moves I believe that were made at that time, so these things are fluid.

They may be fluid, but they also appear to be true. Gilbert would go on to confirm later that the Pacers tried to deal Paul George to the Cavaliers but that they, could have done better.

Altman went on to say what any GM on his introduction to the media would say: Irving is a core part of the team and he is an outstanding player.

It is going to be tough to trade Irving no matter what. The Cavs would have to get a huge haul back for the All-Star and Irving wants to go to a contender and contenders are not likely to give up assets that would hamper their future, so it’s a bit of a catch-22.

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