Rumor: Lakers, Bulls had trade talks centered on Lonzo Ball
Anthony Davis the entire NBA landscape on fire when he publicly requested a trade from the New Orleans Pelicans last January. During those times, the Los Angeles Lakers basically made everyone not named LeBron James on their team available, including prized second-year point guard Lonzo Ball. With trade rumors floating around everywhere, Ball and his camp later expressed that they had a desired list of destinations should the tall, lengthy floor general get shipped out of Hollywood.
According to one NBA executive, the Bulls and Lakers had initial conversations about point guard Lonzo Ball shortly after Ball’s camp made it public that Chicago would be one of his desired destinations if the Lakers were to move him. Could the No. 4 pick and a package with Dunn be enough to pry Ball loose? He’d be the perfect fit for what the Bulls are looking for, with an ability to push the ball and make plays, in addition to solid defense; he finished this season seventh among NBA point guards in defensive RPM (real plus-minus).
The Bulls are reportedly looking for an upgrade at point guard – and current starter Kris Dunn just isn’t cutting it. According to Cowley, Chicago would like to have a floor general that pushes the tempo for them, and Ball fits that bill for them.
Ball is also a pass-happy point guard that loves to get his teammates involved. He could be the distributor that Chicago needs to get their scorers, such as Zach Lavine, Lauri Markannen, and Otto Porter Jr., going.
Ball exhibited signs of growth this season. It wasn’t the insane leap that many Lakers fans expected from a no. 2 overall pick, but he did make improvements.
Ball was steadily progressing as a playmaker. He, likewise, showcased his already stellar improvement as a defender this season. Unfortunately, a severe ankle injury in mid-January cut his 2018-19 campaign short.