Remember two weeks ago, when we broke news of LeBron James having a sports hernia injury; not a sprained groin? At the time, the Los Angeles Lakers kept the alleged injury under wrap and listed their team captain as day-to-day (for an entire month). Well, over the weekend, Lonzo Ball re-injured his left ankle, which has been diagnosed as a grade 3 sprain.
Unlike LeBron, the team immediate revealed that Zo would be out four-to-six weeks, after yesterday’s full evaluation. Over Thanksgiving break, Ball tweaked the exact ankle, as he hasn’t been able to properly heal up. This is also the same leg where he underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his left knee. With this latest injury, Los Angeles doesn’t feel confident in the future of Lonzo and will likely be looking to get him and LaVar Ball out of town sooner, then later.
Since LeBron has come to town, the team has put a gag order on LaVar, which he’s not allowed to publicly criticize or discuss anything regarding the Lakers. Our advice to Zo, would be drop Big Baller Brand and wear high-ankle support sneakers like Stephen Curry had to adjust to in his more serious injury-riddled days. While Rajon Rondo should be starting and closing out games, obviously, this may hinder them at the trade deadline landing Anthony Davis.
Unfortunately, teams aren’t allowed to trade injured players, the New Orleans Pelicans were originally reportedly looking to land Lonzo, Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart for the superstar big man. Since inking a management deal with Rich Paul and LeBron at Klutch Sports, it’s believed by many that AD is looking to pair up with the King in Los Angeles; at the cost of gutting out their youth.
Davis, who’s still under contract until 2021, could spend the rest of his season with the Pelicans. This would enable New Orleans to drive up their asking price in the summer for AD; which is something the Lakers wouldn’t be fond of in having two max-contracts free by July.
Would you now trade Lonzo Ball, since he can’t stay injury-free in a second consecutive year? Let us know in the comments what you think of this situation.