The Los Angeles Lakers have been a disaster and a disappointment this year. The team is not going to make the playoffs, LeBron James has put up his usual all-time great sorts of numbers in a losing effort, and some of the Lakers' prized young players are out for the remainder of the season with injuries.
One player that has not lived up to his expectations as the No. 2 pick in the draft is Lonzo Ball. His two-year career has produced a 38 percent field goal percentage, with his lack of success from the free throw line coming in at 43 percent. Those dreadful shooting numbers are just not going to cut it if Ball is expected to become a cornerstone of the Lakers moving forward.
It definitely didn't help that he was one of the names involved in the Anthony Davis trade talks, and Ball weighed in on that.
Lonzo Ball focused on health, improving his game rather than the possibility of being traded: "The goal is to be the best player I can for whichever team.”— NextSportStar.com (@NextSportStar) March 14, 2019
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With James as the leader of the group, the plan moving forward for Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka has got to be to surround No. 23 with legitimate All-Star talent, and with the way ball has been playing, coupled with his injury troubles, it's no surprise the Lakers tried to deal him.
As a second-year player in the NBA on a team that hasn't made the playoffs in five years, leading can't be Ball's job. He just isn't ready and his numbers have further supported that.
Pelicans On Trading Anthony Davis To Lakers: 'They're Just Not Going To Do It' https://t.co/7oe8gMejmo— RealGM (@RealGM) March 14, 2019
That deal didn't come to fruition. If it had, Ball would have been gone, no question about it. As for the here and now, Ball is out for the season with an ankle injury. He'll have the whole summer to sit back and watch where the chips may fall for him.