The Phoenix Suns have the No. 4 overall pick in this year’s draft and members of the organization are hoping that UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball falls to them, according to a report by ESPN.
When the draft lottery was announced, and the Los Angeles Lakers won the second overall pick, pretty much everyone assumed they were going to select Ball, who grew up in California.
Ball’s father, LaVar, has made it no secret that he wants his son to be drafted by the Lakers, so much so that Lonzo is reportedly not even going to workout for either the Celtics or Sixers, who own the No. 1 and No. 3 pick respectively.
The front office in Phoenix believes Ball is a good fit for their system and that he can help elevate the game of budding star Devin Booker.
The Suns have become increasingly optimistic that Ball will slide to them at No. 4 since rumors have begun to swirl that the Lakers are not sold on taking Ball at No. 2.
With the Celtics widely expected to take Markelle Fultz, the Lakers are believed to be deciding between Ball, De’Aaron Fox and Josh Jackson.
If the Suns get lucky and Ball is there at No. 4, they will surely look to trade current starting point guard Eric Bledsoe once Ball is on the roster. Bledsoe, 27, has two-years remaining on his contract.
A backcourt of Ball and Booker would give the Suns two young cornerstones to build around for years to come. Scouts marvel at how Ball is able to make players around him better and affect the game in different ways other than scoring, a trait Phoenix is in desperate need of from their floor general.
Ashish Mathur is an NBA writer at AmicoHoops. Follow him on Twitter – amathurNBA.