Lonzo Ball

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  • Lonzo Ball - G - Los Angeles Lakers

    K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune is reporting that the Bulls will spend the summer seeking a starting-caliber point guard and that could mean exploring a trade for Lonzo Ball.

    Mike Conley might also be in play but it’s unknown if the Bulls have any interest in him and his age suggests that he would be looking to join a contender rather than a young Chicago squad. The report suggests that Kris Dunn’s trade value is low to nonexistent, so a direct trade with the Lakers centered on Dunn and the No. 7 pick doesn’t seem feasible. However, the Bulls could be in position to facilitate a three-team deal in which the Lakers acquire Anthony Davis from the Pelicans.

    Source: Chicago Tribune

  • Lonzo Ball - G - Los Angeles Lakers

    According to Shams Charania at The Athletic, the Lakers prevented Lonzo Ball from undergoing an unauthorized surgery on his ankle in February.

    Per the report, Ball traveled to Ohio in late February to get a procedure on his injured ankle. Ball contacted GM Rob Pelinka who informed him that the team would not approve the procedure and that it could potentially void his contract if Ball went through with it. Ball was cajoled into returning to Los Angeles and owner Jeanie Buss sent a private plane out to bring him back. The Lakers never fail with the drama and there's likely to be a lot more before next season.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Lonzo Ball - G - Los Angeles Lakers

    Lonzo Ball’s sophomore season featured more injuries and plenty of drama, and he finished with top-100/130 per-game value in 8/9-cat and top-185/200 total value by virtue of 47 games played.

    Ball’s season had a hard time getting off the ground after left knee surgery in July had him playing catch-up before the games even began. The Lakers’ additions of LeBron James and Rajon Rondo also proved problematic for Ball’s fantasy output, and their arrival limited the second-year guard to just 26.6 mpg through his first 20 games. Things improved as Ball found his footing before his season was ended by a Grade 3 left ankle sprain and bone bruise suffered on January 19. That’s two seasons and 99 games played for Ball, who will now need to shake the injury-prone label. While the Lakers (hopefully) moving on from Rondo should help plenty, the presence of LeBron will continue to cap Ball’s ceiling as the two provide a lot of similar things. His rebounds, assists and blocks took notable dips, though it also needs to be noted that Ball upped his efficiency from .360 to .406 this year. Until his free throws (.417 this year) improve, however, it’s tough to see Ball cracking through the middle-rounds, especially if the Lakers don’t empower him to take the next step and keep adding retreads to eat away at his minutes.

  • Lonzo Ball - G - Los Angeles Lakers

    Lonzo Ball (left ankle sprain) will miss the rest of the regular season.

    The main focus of the Lakers right now is preserving their most valuable assets since they have nothing to play for this season. Having a better placement in the lottery for this year's draft looks to be their new focus for now especially if they have plans of trading their young guys for Anthony Davis. Having everyone healthy should be the first step if they intend to pursue Davis again.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Lonzo Ball - G - Los Angeles Lakers

    Lakers coach Luke Walton stated that Lonzo Ball (left ankle sprain) isn’t close to a return and that he may miss the rest of the regular season.

    With the Lakers out of the playoff hunt, their priority is protection of assets. They’ll want all of their trade chips as healthy as possible as they look to make another run at Anthony Davis in the offseason.

    Source: Dave McMenamin on Twitter

  • Lonzo Ball - G - Los Angeles Lakers

    Lonzo Ball will have his ankle re-evaluated on Saturday.

    Ball has been a stash for what seems like forever. Maybe this will give owners some clarity if they've been holding him in IR this whole time. At the same time, the Lakers are in complete disarray, so they may not want to push Ball back just to fall deeper out of the race.

    Source: Mike Trudell on Twitter

  • Lonzo Ball - G - Los Angeles Lakers

    Lonzo Ball was seen getting some shots up after practice yesterday, but he has yet to practice with the team, and is awaiting re-evaluation by doctors at the end of the week.

    Lonzo is taking baby steps in his recovery and is only a stash in leagues with an IR spot. The Lakers are struggling and could find themselves way out of playoff contention pretty soon so it makes sense to hold onto Ball in case he’s able to return before the end of the season.

    Source: NBA.com

  • Lonzo Ball - G - Los Angeles Lakers

    Video surfaced of Lonzo Ball (sprained ankle) getting shots up with the Lakers strength and condioning coach after practice.

    The report by Mike Trudell also stated that Ball has yet to do anything on the court with the rest of the team, but continues to shoot with little jumping. The Lakers could sure use Ball right now as their playoff hopes are disappearing by the day.

    Source: Mike Trudell on Twitter

  • Lonzo Ball - G - Los Angeles Lakers

    Lonzo Ball's sprained left ankle will be re-evaluated in one week as of Thursday's update.

    So much for an early re-evaluation. Ball will sit at least another week, which makes him hard to stash without a deep bench or IR spots. It'll be league-dependent if he's worth holding at this point with fantasy playoffs on the horizon.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Lonzo Ball - G - Los Angeles Lakers

    Lonzo Ball (left ankle sprain) remains out for Friday's game against the Bucks and is on track to be re-evaluated earlier that day.

    Ball has been without a timetable after going down in late January, but we may get some clarity on that on Friday. There's always some appeal with Ball's stat set if we can look past some very apparent problems with his efficiency. He's worth consideration, especially in H2H leagues.

    Source: Mike Bresnahan on Twitter

  • Lonzo Ball - G - Los Angeles Lakers

    Lonzo Ball (left ankle sprain) will be re-evaluated on Thursday afternoon or Friday morning.

    On Monday Luke Walton said that Ball doesn't have a timetable to return, so this news is good news. After the re-evaluation, we will have a better idea of when Ball will return. If he was dropped in your league, now is a good time to look at picking him up.

    Source: Dave McMenamin on Twitter

  • Lonzo Ball - G - Los Angeles Lakers

    Lakers coach Luke Walton said on Monday night that the team doesn’t have a timetable for Lonzo Ball’s return from his left ankle injury.

    When Ball went down with a Grade 3 left ankle sprain on January 19th at Houston, the Lakers said that the point guard would be out four to six weeks. Last week, it was reported that Lonzo also has a bone bruise in his ankle and his return had been pushed back even more. The team will keep an eye on players getting bought out of their contracts to see if they can find any help as they have a 14-man roster, one short of the NBA maximum. H2H teams battling for the playoffs should stash Lonzo only if they have an IR slot.

    Source: Los Angeles Times

  • Lonzo Ball - G - Los Angeles Lakers

    Lonzo Ball (left ankle sprain) was found to have a bone bruise on his injured ankle, a discovery that may push his recovery period beyond six weeks.

    Ball has already exceeded his initial timetable for the ankle sprain and now we know why. It’s fine to keep him stashed on IR (as long as your expectations are tampered) but any H2H teams battling for a playoff spot while holding him in an active roster spot should probably move on.

    Source: Los Angeles Times

  • Lonzo Ball - G - Los Angeles Lakers

    Lonzo Ball (Grade 3 left ankle sprain) still has not returned to practice.

    Ball sustained the injury on January 20 and has exceeded his 3-to-4 week timetable. Rajon Rondo will continue to be a solid option in standard 8-cat formats and fantasy owners shouldn't be worried about his production until Ball gets back on the practice court.

    Source: Tania Ganguli on Twitter

  • Lonzo Ball - G - Los Angeles Lakers

    LaVar Ball came out of the woodwork on Monday afternoon, saying that while he'd prefer if Lonzo Ball remained a Laker, the Suns would be the best fit if he were to be traded.

    The Ball camp has said repeatedly that they don't view New Orleans as a great fit (even though a Ball-Jrue Holiday backcourt could be lethal defensively), and it looks like they're trying to dissuade the Pelicans from taking him on in an Anthony Davis deal. This is looking way down the line, but Ball joining Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton and Mikal Bridges in Phoenix would be intriguing on paper. We'll cross that bridge when we get there.

    Source: Ohm Youngmisuk on Twitter