“Lonzo Ball may have leaked his own knee injury in an effort to keep him in Los Angeles.” (Sean M. Haffey / Getty Images)
Lonzo Ball has reportedly injured his meniscus, according to league sources. The source added that the first doctor said it was a torn meniscus. At this time, Ball is on his way to get a second opinion on the injury. The rookie point guard produced 10.2 points 6.9 rebounds and 7.2 assists on 36% shooting this past season.
This could be a driving reason the Spurs have expressed zero to little interest in the former UCLA Guard. NBA Insider Ramona Shelburne also reported that the Spurs held a productive phone call with the Lakers for a Kawhi trade, marking the first time the teams have talked since the Spurs “shut the door” on the Lakers first call.
Yannis Koutroupis, formerly of HoopsWorld, reported that the Spurs are vying for offers surrounding Kyrie Irving or Brandon Ingram. With the Celtics unlikely to rid of their new star, the Lakers have jumped ahead in the race for the disgruntled star.
To speculate, the Lakers most likely offered a deal surrounding Lonzo Ball and a variety of first-round picks initially, in which the Spurs swiftly declined. The second offer may have included Brandon Ingram in addition with Lonzo Ball and future first round picks. Neither offers are thought to have contained Kyle Kuzma for now (that is pure speculation though).
Then again, Gregg Popovich has expressed his distaste for trading such an elite two-way player within the Western Conference. Leonard averaged 25.5 points 5.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists before sitting out all of 9 regular seasons games with a debilitating quadriceps injury. For the Lakers, getting Kawhi is the first step in adding Paul George or Lebron James.
Whatever the outcome of the Lonzo Ball injury, dominoes are sure to fall in the coming days as we approach closer to free agency. Be on the lookout for our debut podcast at Noon on Sunday, July 1st. We’ll be talking NBA draft winners and losers, NBA Free Agency, the Ball family, the World Cup, and much more.