Lonzo Ball may be on the NBA’s trading block.
On Thursday, an NBA league source shared with me that the Los Angeles Lakers are interested in bringing in Anthony Davis via trade as soon as December 15 and Ball and other key Lakers players Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Brandon Ingram could be part of the move.
A potential three-team deal could involve the Lakers, Pelicans and the Orlando Magic.
“If it’s a straight-up trade with the Pelicans, Lonzo will be in the deal,” a league source with Lakers knowledge told me on Thursday.
“But the Lakers will be asking for Elfrid Payton or Ian Clark in return.“
In another potential move, a league source indicated that the Lakers could try to keep Lonzo Ball out of the deal.
“But that will have to be in a three-team trade scenario for alternative assets.”
One scenario involves the Orlando Magic, if they are ready to trade Nikola Vucevic to give Mo Bamba big minutes. Vucevic’s contract expires this summer.
Per source: “Of course, next year’s first round pick is involved and most likely multiple picks.”
The Lakers purposely filled their roster with one-year contracts to maintain their salary cap flexibility for the summer of 2019 where several NBA superstars like Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Klay Thompson, Jimmy Butler, Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker, DeMarcus Cousins, and DeAndre Jordan are expected to become unrestricted free agents.
I discussed it on TYT Sports:
The Los Angeles Lakers are looking to partner LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Kevin Durant.
Last weekend, Get More Sports’ Chris Sheridan tweeted that a Davis-to-Lakers trade reportedly has been “in the works” for quite a while.