If the San Antonio Spurs work with the Los Angeles Lakers on a Kawhi Leonard trade, there will reportedly be no interest in Lonzo Ball.
Kawhi Leonard‘s trade desire has already consumed the NBA offseason. Whether the San Antonio Spurs fulfill it remains to be seen. The Los Angeles Lakers stand to be a suitor, however, and Leonard’s preference.
The Lakers have Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, Kyle Kuzma and draft picks at their disposal to move. All could hold appeal to the Spurs, but do not include Lonzo Ball in that group. According to Yahoo’s Chris Mannix, the Silver and Black have “zero interest” in Ball and the “circus that Ball brings with him.”
“Circus” is likely a codeword for Ball’s outspoken father, LaVar, who spoke out when his son was at UCLA and barely into his time with the Lakers. LaVar also filled up headlines with the removal of his other sons, LiAngelo and LaMelo, from school and put them in a Lithuania basketball league, only to remove them.
LaVar frequently criticized Lakers head coach Luke Walton during the season, which only added to the drama. Similar comments towards Gregg Popovich would be its own sideshow and make for more unnecessary drama in San Antonio.
As for Lonzo Ball, he played in just 52 games in his rookie season due to injuries. When healthy he averaged 10.2 points, 7.2 assists, 6.9 rebounds and 1.7 steals on 36 percent shooting.
Los Angeles selected Ball at No. 2 overall in the 2017 NBA Draft, painted as one of the next stars of this historic franchise. With the potential of multiple superstars arriving to the Purple and Gold this summer and if it requires a trade to get one, then, it puts Ball’s status in doubt for where he plays.
Will the Spurs match up with a fellow Western Conference team for Leonard? The Lakers might have the pieces, but it’s hardly a guarantee they would make a rival a contender on the same side of the NBA.