Report: Lonzo Ball to sign 4-year rookie contract with Lakers today
After a chaotic lead-up to his No. 2 overall selection in the NBA Draft, rookie Lonzo Ball won’t waste time putting pen to paper on his four-year rookie deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.
The 6-foot-6 point guard is expected to sign his rookie contract later today, officially making him a part of the team moving forward.
Ball had been lauded as the heir to Jason Kidd due to his passing wizardry put on display during his high school days and his lone year at UCLA, getting even more attention due to his father LaVar, and ultimately showered with the utmost praise and confidence of Hall of Famer and president Magic Johnson upon his introductory press conference.
The Lakers moved the one obstacle in their way from seeing Ball’s career flourish from the get-go, shipping D’Angelo Russell to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for Brook Lopez, a legitimate 7-foot center with range that can put up a near-20-point-per-game clip in any jersey.
Ball has a nice set of young and promising pieces around him and now a proven veteran to finish plays around the rim. Los Angeles was so high on his talent that they refused to trade the No. 2 overall pick to the Indiana Pacers when fishing for Paul George prior to the draft.
This four-year tender is what the Lakers fans and front office expect to be the return of Showtime to the City of Angels.
The Chino Hills native put up 14.6 points, 7.6 assists, and 6.0 rebounds per game as a freshman at UCLA, leading the Bruins to a 31-5 record — one of their best seasons in recent memory.