Uh-oh. Now they'd BETTER manage to trade for Kawhi Leonard.
Lonzo Ball was shelved for the latter part of the 2017-18 season with knee troubles, and has been dealing with lingering issues ever since his rookie campaign ended. Now we know why.
He's reportedly been diagnosed with a torn meniscus in his left knee.
Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball has a torn meniscus in his left knee, league sources tell Yahoo. Ball is expected to be ready for training camp next season.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 29, 2018
The good news is that torn menisci aren't all that devastating, especially with the opportunity for rehab during the offseason, so the point guard is expected to be ready for training camp. And he's not expected to be involved in any trade packages, either, so this probably won't affect the Lakers in their endeavors to land another star.
However, something is clearly up with the kid's knee, and the team had better figure out if this will affect him beyond the course of this particular injury, considering he said a few weeks ago that his knee was "100 percent and fully healthy."
Granted, we don't know if the injury was suffered from doing something else, but it's reasonable to deduce it was the result of the knee contusion that kept him out for so long.
Magic Johnson says he broke down Lonzo Ball's game over three film sessions, at Lonzo's request.— SLAM Magazine (@SLAMonline) June 26, 2018
“You’re going to see a different Lonzo Ball next season" (via @SpectrumSN) https://t.co/Rf9ZL6SpBm pic.twitter.com/RJ5nWMBwOP
At this point, it's unclear if he'll need surgery, so when the Lakers make the official announcement, more information will surely be provided.