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RUMOR: Suns not offering No. 6 pick to Lakers for Lonzo Ball

Suns, Lakers, Lonzo Ball

After the Los Angeles Lakers’ terrible season, rumors have spread throughout the league that the team is ready to trade point guard Lonzo Ball. A Lakers News Twitter account posted an update about offers the team had received for Ball:

The tweet was quickly refuted by John Gambadoro, a sports radio host in Arizona:

So while the Chicago Bulls’ offer might still be on the table, it seems like the Phoenix Suns are not willing to part with their draft pick to acquire Ball.

Ball had an injury-plagued season, playing only 47 games for the Lakers. He averaged 9.9 points and 5.4 assists per game, while only shooting 40 percent from the floor.

Ball and the Suns have been linked as a possible trade match for a while now. Ball is not a polished scorer, but he is a very good defensive player. His 6’6 frame and lengthy wingspan allow him to switch on to bigger wings and bother opposing guards. The Suns need an upgrade in their backcourt defense. Budding star Devin Booker is already one of the better scorers in the league, but he struggles defensively. Pairing him with Ball could cover Booker’s defensive woes and Ball’s scoring problems.

However, the trade will have to work without the Sun’s sixth pick included. Perhaps the two teams could work out a different proposal that lands Ball in Phoenix.