LaVar Ball wants Lonzo Ball to go to Suns if traded by the Lakers
LaVar Ball says if the Los Angeles Lakers include Lonzo Ball in an Anthony Davis trade with the New Orleans Pelicans, he wants his son to be moved to the Phoenix Suns and not The Big Easy, according to Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN.
The Pelicans have Elfrid Payton and Jrue Holiday in the backcourt. Lonzo Ball and his camp reportedly want to go to a team that doesn’t have an established point guard so he can be the starter right away.
LaVar Ball tells ESPN that if Lonzo Ball is traded, he wants his son to go to Phoenix: “We want to be in LA. But if he’s traded, I don’t want Lonzo in New Orleans. Phoenix is the best fit for him. And I am going to speak it into existence.”
— Ohm Youngmisuk (@NotoriousOHM) February 4, 2019
Ball is currently sidelined with a Grade 3 left ankle sprain he suffered on Jan. 19 against the Houston Rockets. The former No. 2 overall pick is expected to miss four to six weeks.
In 47 games this season for the Lakers, Ball is averaging 9.9 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.4 assists. The 21-year-old is shooting 40.6 percent from the field, 32.9 percent from beyond the arc and 41.7 percent from the free-throw line.
The Suns have been looking for a starting-caliber point guard ever since last summer. Phoenix supposedly was high on Ball during the 2017 Draft process and could have traded up to get him, but they took Josh Jackson with the fourth overall pick.
Ball would fit in well with the Suns. Since he’s a pass-first point guard, Lonzo would help star shooting guard Devin Booker score the ball a lot easier. Most of Booker’s points this season are coming off straight isolation plays.