So What Could Have Happened?
Honestly, it feels entirely realistic that Luka Doncic and De’Aaron Fox are determined to be too awkward of a fit. With an MVP-level talent in-hand and the writing on the wall, in this alternate scenario, the Kings pull the trigger on the proposed Knicks trade and proceed to select Luka with the number two pick.
This trade could have likely ended up being a rare win-win for two of the most woebegone franchises in the league. With both Doncic and Porzingis, the Kings probably bring the playoffs back to the 916 for the next decade (until they screw it up). With Fox now in the Bronx, the Knicks would finally have the star point guard they’d been searching for since Isiah Thomas was calling the shots (until they screw it up).
If a guess had to be ventured, Bagley probably falls to the Dallas Mavericks with the fifth pick. The Phoenix Suns appeared locked into selecting Deandre Ayton with the first pick. The Atlanta Hawks and the Memphis Grizzlies had similarly zeroed in on Trae Young and Jaren Jackson Jr. at third and fourth. Assuming Doncic was off the board, it’s possible the Mavs scoop Bagley up.
Frankly, it’s possible Dallas wouldn’t even have been that bad of a situation for him. With an ambitious front office and a top-tier coaching staff, it’s not hard to imagine the Mavericks putting Bagley’s talents to good use while hiding the holes in his game.