Contrary to early report, Suns haven’t talked to Lakers for a Lonzo Ball deal
A few hours before the NBA trade deadline’s buzzer officially sounds, it seems highly likely that the Los Angeles Lakers will not be getting All-Star forward Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans. The Phoenix Suns were believed to be involved in said trade wherein they would end up with Lonzo Ball, but they now have denied those speculations.
On eve of Thursday's #NBA trade deadline, Josh Jackson and TJ Warren aren't on trading block, and #Suns haven't reached out to #Lakers and #Pelicans about a potential deal related to Lonzo Ball, league sources have told @azcentral https://t.co/rnGx7USYlE pic.twitter.com/yuat4jYwy3
— Duane Rankin (@DuaneRankin) February 7, 2019
The Suns were rumored to be the third team that will help facilitate Davis’ trade to the Lakers. In multiple scenarios, Phoenix would be getting one of LA’s young assets, particularly Ball. This speculation got more hype when Ball’s father, LaVar, revealed with ESPN a couple of days ago that he wants his eldest son to be sent to the Suns if the Lakers were indeed going to trade him.
Phoenix’s statement regarding all the trade rumors associating them with the Lakers and Pelicans might have been the final nail in the coffin that the fans needed to believe that their dream scenario of AD in LA is no longer going to happen.
In fact, the Lakers seem to have moved on from it already, as they are now looking to improve their roster by acquiring experienced 3-point shooters in the trade market. They recently got Reggie Bullock from the Detroit Pistons in exchange for rookie Svi Mykhailiuk and a second rounder.
The Lakers are still targeting guys like Trevor Ariza and Wayne Ellington before the deadline.
There’s still little hope that the Lakers could still end up with Davis. But one thing is for sure, if that happens, the Suns aren’t going to be involved in it.