Lakers’ Ball on trade rumors: ‘There’s trade rumors every year’

Lonzo Ball has not been made available in trade talks, an NBA source tells Amico Hoops.

Lonzo Ball‘s name came up in trade rumors this summer when the Los Angeles Lakers were trying to acquire Kawhi Leonard from the San Antonio Spurs and the point guard says he wasn’t too surprised.

“There’s trade rumors every year,” Ball said on the latest episode of Ball In the Family. “Athletes in general, you’re never really 100 percent safe. Wherever you’re at. Anything can happen, especially in the offseason, so all I can do is just make sure I’m ready to play at the best of my abilities.”

The Spurs had no interest in acquiring Ball, as the organization didn’t want to deal with the circus that Ball brings with him, particular Ball’s outspoken father, LaVar Ball.

LeBron James told Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson he likes Ball’s game and is excited to play with him. Ball will compete with Rajon Rondo in training camp for the team’s starting point guard spot.

Ball underwent surgery this offseason to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee, but will be ready for training camp. He played in 52 games during his rookie season and averaged 10.2 points, 6.9 rebounds and 7.2 assists, shooting 36.0 percent from the field and 30.5 percent from three.