Combination of that and UCLA hired Grace as an assistant who had direct ties to the Magic. That led to them getting Anigbogu, Leaf, Hill, Bernard. It also helped get Riley because he was friends with several of the guys. UCLA got Lonzo in large part because the dad wanted him local and because Tyus Edney's daughters went to HS with Lonzo and his brothers so the Ball family was comfortable with UCLA(the daughters lived with Edneys ex wife). If Miller doesn't lose Leaf to UCLA he might have gotten Lonzo as well and frankly even without Lonzo that UA team with both Markkanen and Leaf, if they could get Trier to pass now and then they might have won a national title.
I guess we'll never know but the UCLA angle on that has always been Leaf always wanted to go to UCLA. the dad got mad at Adidas and took it out by having TJ commit to Arizona. The fallout there was inevitable. I remember Gershon very clearly on the UCLA board saying I never really believed Leaf was coming to Arizona, UCLA was always where he wanted to be.
If everyone that UCLA thinks is staying stays, if they get Myles Johnson as a transfer, the only way they have a ride for Simpson is if Juzang leaves, or someone else transfers and right now they don't really expect that. I kind of expect Juzang will leave but he might not decide until June so will Simpson wait around that long is anybodys guess.
Won't be at all surprised if you hire the right guy if he simply changes his mind and comes back to UA