The Lakers have been looking to make a splash this season, already signing superstar LeBron James to a 4-year deal. The future looks bright in Los Angeles, and Lonzo Ball may have taken measures to make sure he was a part of it.

News recently surfaced that Ball had a torn meniscus in his left knee which could require surgery. This leaked amidst rumors of trade talks between the Lakers and Spurs for coveted small forward Kawhi Leonard. Coincidence? Maybe. Maybe not.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN recently stated that the Lakers did not want the news of Ball’s injury to be released to the public, citing a belief around the organization that people within Ball’s camp must have leaked the privileged medical information. Woj also noted that:

“He doesn’t want to be traded from L.A. It wasn’t the Lakers who wanted information out on that knee injury. There were a lot of teams who were checking on possible deals with the Lakers. They wanted to know. There were a lot of questions about that knee.”

It is no secret that Lonzo Ball wants to be an LA Laker. He has repeatedly made it clear one of his career goals is to play alongside his brothers LiAngelo and LaMelo in a Laker uniform. This is a dream that Ball’s whole family shares, including his father, the infamous LaVar Ball.

Right now, it’s impossible to say for sure who the culprit is. These reports are pure speculation, but Ball and those close to him certainly had good reason to leak the injury report to deter the possibility of being forced out of Los Angeles.


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