Here are the odds for Ball to be on the Lakers roster for the first game of the 2019-20 regular season:
Los Angeles Lakers (+200)
Any other team (-300)
Although a tall and talented floor general who fits the true point guard archetype more than any point guard since Ricky Rubio, whose assists per game average of 7.9 is ranked 17th all-time, Ball has been a constant source of negative attention for the Lakers franchise since his arrival.
It's largely through no fault of his own, though his struggles from the field were notable after a season in which he dominated as a playmaker at UCLA. The biggest problem for Ball since joining the Lakers has been the behavior of his father, LaVar, whose outlandish remarks put a target on his son's back before he even played a single game in the NBA. LaVar was avaricious, stubborn, and even criticized Lakers head coach Luke Walton, saying he lost the team in January.
With him in the background, Lonzo's every struggle was magnified and the Lakers media scrums became a circus.
Are those reasons enough for them to move the promising point guard? Lonzo Ball, who LeBron James has taken under his wing, has the potential to be the most dynamic floor general since Jason Kidd with his mix of size, athleticism, basketball IQ, passing ability, and defensive prowess.
Further, with Lakers president of basketball operations and Hall of Fame point guard Magic Johnson constantly comparing Lonzo to himself, it would seem unlikely that Los Angeles actually chooses to move Ball.