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Despite reports to the contrary, Lonzo Ball of the Los Angeles Lakers has not been made available in any trade talks, including those involving John Wall of the Washington Wizards, at this time, a league source told Amico Hoops on Friday.
Ball, the 2017 second overall draft pick, is averaging 8.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game this season and is becoming known for his improved defensive ability.
The Lakers are reportedly gearing toward a potential trade for Anthony Davis and/or planning to go after big-name free agents next summer. Wall has a massive $207 million contract extension set to kick in next season and running through 2023. Starting next season, the Washington All-Star will collect an annual salary that begins at $38 million. He has a player option worth $47.3 million in 2022.
Outside of the reported Washington deal, Ball has not been available in any other potential trade talks at the moment, either, a league source said.
Kevin Broom of Bullets Forever had reported the Lakers have indeed offered Ball as part of a package to obtain Wall.
Source No. 1, a current NBA agent, surprised me by saying the story was true. The source said it’s something Rich Paul — agent to LeBron James and, as of January 2016, John Wall — was orchestrating. But, according to this source, the Wizards were saying no.
I was still dubious, so I checked with Source No. 2, another current NBA agent who’s at least as dialed in as Source No. 1. Source No. 2 said the rumor is true. This source said Ball and Caldwell-Pope were definitely in the deal, but that there was still discussion whether the third player would be Ingram, Josh Hart, or Kyle Kuzma. While the boundaries of the deal were defined, details still had to be finalized, and the whole thing could still fall apart.
Wall is represented by Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, who also represents Lakers star LeBron James.
The NBA’s trade deadline is Feb. 7.