He had his sights set on playing for the Lakers alongside LeBron James, and the Nuggets still have a promising, young prospect in Michael Porter Jr. that has yet to play.
Ball has been a frequent guest on the show, and resurfaced in the news over the weekend after his son was traded to the Pelicans as part of a package that gave Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Nuggets were also deterred by Davis' intentions to make wherever he was traded a one-year deal.
"They let go of the best thing they had going for them", he began.
But it appears the Lakers are expecting to have the latter figure, as O'Connor reports they will be going after Leonard in free agency. That would impact the Lakers' ability to sign a player to a max free agent deal.
"Back in 2014, the Cavs had to sign Andrew Wiggins to his rookie contract, then wait 30 days until he was eligible to be traded to meet National Basketball Association contract requirements to complete it".
They never got too close to the finish line with the Pelicans, which became ever more apparent when New Orleans GM David Griffin's draft haul turned out to be comparable to what Celtics GM Danny Ainge got from Brooklyn when this rebuild began.
As for the Knicks, they did not have almost enough assets to get the deal done, with its best piece being the No. 3 overall pick in Thursday's draft, which should turn out to be R.J.
It is being reported that New Orleans are shopping the Lakers' pick, with an eye at adding a ready-made star to their squad.