The Lakers appear to have thought-about dealing Lonzo Ball to the Bulls.
Los Angeles and the Bulls had ‘preliminary conversations’ concerning the 21-year-old guard earlier than the commerce deadline, based on a report from the Chicago Sun-Times, which cites an unnamed league government.
Los Angeles was reportedly discussing buying star Anthony Davis after he requested the Pelicans to maneuver him in late January. Ball was additionally reportedly included within the Lakers provides to New Orleans.
Ball, nevertheless, reportedly did not want to be sent to the Pelicans and as a substitute hoped to be traded to the Bulls or Knicks whereas he was additionally linked with the Suns. However, no deal was in the end reached, and Ball remained with the Lakers.
Los Angeles guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope stated the rumors had an influence on the staff.
“On the commerce deadline, everyone form of misplaced themselves,” Caldwell-Pope stated final week, via ESPN. “That is all they had been apprehensive about. … And I really feel like after that, everyone form of relaxed, calmed down and simply began enjoying basketball and never worrying concerning the outdoors discuss.”
Ball, the No. 2 decide within the 2017 draft, was restricted to simply 47 video games in 2018-19 as he sprained his ankle in late January and by no means returned to the court docket. He completed the season averaging 9.9 factors and 5.four assists.
“Clearly it’s been a protracted course of,” Ball stated lately concerning the damage. “It’s lastly beginning to present some nice progress, coming alongside. Hopefully only a few extra weeks after which I can go on the market.”
Lakers president Magic Johnson stunningly introduced he was resigning from his place final week earlier than the staff’s remaining recreation of the season. Ball stated he supported Johnson’s determination.
“It shocked me, prefer it did the remainder of the world,” Ball stated. “It’s what’s finest for him. I want him one of the best. He drafted me, and that is higher for his life. That is what he desires to do, and I’m behind him 100 %.”
The Bulls might be searching for a degree guard once more this offseason, based on the Solar-Instances’ report.