Ball ‘is the one constant piece’ if Cavs deal LeBron to Lakers

If LeBron James convinces the Cavs to sign and trade him to the Lakers, Lonzo Ball is likely be sent back to Cleveland, according to a report.

If LeBron James is able to convince the Cleveland Cavaliers to do a sign-and-trade deal to have him head to the Los Angeles Lakers, the No. 2 overall selection in the draft would be part of the trade, according to a report.

“The one constant that I’ve heard is Lonzo Ball,” Chris Haynes of ESPN reported.

A sign-and-trade would necessitate James opting in on his $35.6 player option for next season, which would provide an avenue for the Cavaliers to trade James and receive something back in return.

Word of a potential superteam in Los Angeles spread like wildfire Friday when news broke that Kawhi Leonard wanted out of San Antonio, preferring a trade to the Lakers.

James, Leonard and free-agent-to-be Paul George all headed to the Lakers would create yet another Western Conference superpower, joining two-time defending NBA champion Golden State and Houston, which held a 3-2 lead on the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals only to have star guard Chris Paul go down with a hamstring injury.

If James were to become a Laker, it would make sense for Ball to depart. Though he had a solid rookie season in averaging 10.2 points, 6.9 rebounds, 7.2 assists and 1.7 steals per game, he needs the basketball in his hands to be a contributor.

With James doing much of his work on the basketball, Ball would not thrive in that type of environment, as his shooting percentages from his rookie season attest.

Ball shot just 36.0 percent from the field, 30.5 percent from the 3-point arc and an abysmal 45.1 percent from the free-throw line.

The UCLA product missed 30 games because of injury.

5 Comments on "Ball ‘is the one constant piece’ if Cavs deal LeBron to Lakers"

  1. plus u would get his loud mouthed father and deadbeat brothers. and let’s not forget,he can’t shoot

  2. Don’t want or need that circus in the Land.

  3. Lonzo is going to be a legit top tier PG, but I can easily see him taking the QO as a RFA and being gone in 3 or 4 years.

  4. Thomas Nguyen | June 16, 2018 at 8:59 pm |

    One problem with this. There is no way pop is going to trade kawhi to la la Land unless he gets the sun, the moon, and the stars.

  5. Lol. What is wrong with you writers? Why would the Lakers include Lonzo Ball in a trade with the Cavs for Lebron? They don’t need to sign and trade for Lebron. They have the cap room. So why would they do a trade and why would they give away Ball in a trade for nothing. This is the dumbest sh*t I have ever heard. Don’t you think if they are going to give away Ball, they are going to use him to get rid of the Deng contract or somehow include him on a trade to get someone else(Kawhi) or a high draft pick? Maybe if they included Deng going back to Cleveland in the deal. But then that would keep the Cavs in the repeater tax. None of this makes any sense. Chris Haynes is yet another writer who is writing for clicks. Get a clue people….

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