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Report: Lakers were dangling Lonzo Ball a month ago, but now they don’t want to trade him

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The Los Angeles Lakers were dangling second-year point guard Lonzo Ball in trade talks about a month ago, but now the franchise doesn’t want to trade him, according to Ken Berger of Bleacher Report.

If the Lakers want to make a trade during the season, many believe Lonzo Ball would have to be included in the deal. LA has been linked to New Orleans Pelicans superstar big man Anthony Davis and Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal.

In the West, the Lakers have to be part of the conversation because of the LeBron James factor, though it’s not clear to rival executives whom they’re willing to trade in any deal and whom they aren’t.

“At one point a month ago, they were dangling Lonzo [Ball] a little bit, but now they don’t want to trade him,” one of the execs said.

In 46 games this season for the Lakers, Lonzo Ball is averaging 9.9 points, 5.4 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game. The former No. 2 overall pick is shooting 40.3 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 41.7 percent from the free-throw line.

Rajon Rondo is still out with his right hand injury, so the Lakers can’t really afford to trade Lonzo Ball because they wouldn’t have anyone to play the point guard position. LeBron James is also out with the groin injury he suffered on Christmas Day against the Golden State Warriors.

As was the case last year, there are some games where Lonzo Ball looks great, and then there are other games where he’s just a complete non factor and a liability due to his poor shooting percentage. LA is hoping that Ball can be more consistent as the season moves along.