​Lonzo Ball had an up-and-down year for the Los Angeles Lakers, culminating in a season-ending ankle injury. The second ​NBA campaign for the former UCLA guard showed flashes of improvement running the offense, however, none of it translated to wins once the Lakers lost LeBron James for an extended period of time.


Now, Ball has other issues to take on as he heads into the offseason. ​He recently filed a $2 million suit against the co-founder of Big Baller Brand, Alan Foster.

​​There are a myriad of layers to the suit and what it alleges. Not only does it assert that Foster planned to divert millions of dollars from the Ball family into himself, but it goes on to claim that Foster's criminal past was beginning to return to form as roughly $1.5 million had gone unaccounted for in Ball's personal and business accounts.

This level of criminal behavior goes back to the early 2000s for Foster, who was sentenced to seven years in prison for charges of mail fraud and money laundering. Those charges resulted in him having to also cover $3.7 million in restitution to the victims. This criminal past was not apparently known to the Ball family as all these business interactions were taking shape.

​​This is a very unfortunate set of circumstances for No. 2, ​as he was undoubtedly going to use the summer to get his ankle right and then work heavy on his play heading into next season. It seems he'll now be sacrificing some of that time to deal with concerning off-the-court issues.