The Cleveland Cavaliers were close to being unable to pull off a second straight deal, this time involving the Sacramento Kings, in hopes of acquiring the long-chased George Hill. With a deal in place, the Kings had thrown in a poison pill to cover up their draft night gaffe, throwing in center Georgios Papagiannis in the deal unexpectedly, turning heads in the Cavs and Utah Jazz front offices once an early-morning memo was sent their way, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. “That’s why a 3 a.m. ET deal memo sent from Sacramento to Cleveland left Altman at first incredulous — and then angry. Suddenly, center Georgios Papagiannis had been included as part of the three-way trade. Cleveland and Utah were adamant that Papagiannis’ name had never been discussed. Williams would later say that Papagiannis or Malachi Richardson were set to be included in the deals and insisted his notes confirmed that.
Rumor: George Hill deal almost didn’t materialize because Kings wanted to include Georgios Papagiannis
Cavs Nation | Feb 14