He was smart actually. They would have had the sixth pick in this draft, so basically anyone from Lillard and on could have been theirs. In fact, they could have had something like:
Bradley(or Mayo, which would have been possible because Bradley got the starting position after the trade deadline iirc)
Barnes(because notorious hates him)
as their starters next year. which is the polar opposite of what they will have next year(well not polar opposite, but the team is WAY older). Now they're just stuck in first round to Eastern Conference hell.
for fun, Raptors could have had Gay and possibly Iggy earlier too if all those potential deals went down. I can't even imagine the awesomeness of
no, it's just too amazing to think about. almost as amazing as having CP3 and Dwight on your team.
Bulls/Knicks throughout the 90s was a fierce rivalry even though Jordan owned them and the only time they won was when he was swinging a bat.
Bulls/Pistons late 80s-early 90s is definitely a rivalry too.
I would say Lakers/Kings was a rivalry in the early 00s even though it was one sided. 01 series was a sweep but 00 and 02 went the distance.