Lakers refused to give up Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram in a trade for Paul George
The Lakers could have had Paul George, but they didn't want to part with the No. 2 pick that ended up being Lonzo Ball.Going into the summer, the Los Angeles Lakers were heavy favorites to land SoCal native and outspoken Kobe Bryant fan Paul George after he requested a move to the Lakers last summer.
Ball reportedly wants to go somewhere without an established point guard.
He also commented on the trade rumors that constantly swirl around him , emphasizing that there are many things that are out of any NBA player’s control. Although much has been said about Lonzo Ball and the many reports suggesting he could be headed to one team or another, Charania also broke
During the early portion of the offseason, there were some persistent trade rumors surrounding Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball, but nothing truly came to fruition.
Despite all that chatter, Ball voiced during a recent episode of the Facebook series “Ball in the Family” that he was never truly concerned with any of those talks around his name. ()
There’s trade rumors every year… Athletes in general, you’re never really 100 percent safe. Wherever you’re at. Anything can happen, especially in the offseason, so all I can do is just make sure I’m ready to play at the best of my abilities.
Lakers’ Hart roasts Lonzo’s shooting form
He had to.
The thing about the Lonzo injury is that it wasn ’ t even necessary. The Spurs don’t want him . He threw himself down the stairs for no reason. Lonzo Ball tore his own meniscus so he could stay a Laker. If that's not commitment to the organization, I don't know what is
These trade rumors also suggested that Lonzo ’s father, LaVar Ball , and the rest of his camp leaked news of a knee injury so that he could remain in Los With Leonard eventually getting traded to the Toronto Raptors in a deal that sent DeMar DeRozan to San Antonio, and the Lakers seemingly saving
In his first year in the league, Ball put up some solid all-around numbers with 10.2 points on 36 percent shooting from the floor and 30.5 percent from 3-point range along with 7.2 assists, and 6.9 rebounds per contest in 52 games played. This saw him record 24 double-digit scoring outputs along with 13 double-doubles and a pair of triple-doubles. However, he had his fair share of struggles with injury as he dealt with multiple leg injuries throughout the year.
In fact, this led to him having to undergo surgery arthroscopic surgery on his left knee to repair a nagging issue. There was some belief that the release of the injury was done at a time where his name was in the trade rumor mill that quickly quieted down after that point.
There hadn’t been much noise around Ball outside of the team possibly putting in him in trade talks with the Denver Nuggets, which didn’t get very far by any means over that brief time frame. Instead, the only noise at this point around him has been the slight change of his shooting form along with the notion that he will be ready to go by the start of training camp later this month.
Lonzo's new shot could be just what he needs to thrive with LeBron .
Lonzo Ball must find a way to become an improved shooter, or the pairing with LeBron James won’t work. It seems that the Lakers point guard is getting the message.When Lonzo Ball was selected with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, Lakers legend and current president of basketball operations Magic Johnson put a lot on Ball's shoulders, saying he anticipates the Lakers retiring Ball's jersey in the future. Much of what Ball showed in his rookie season backs up that thought.