Lonzo Ball is set to show off his work ethic to the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday, but he’s also considering reaching out to teams that hold picks lower than No. 2, per a report.
ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne reported Thursday night that “the former UCLA Bruins star is considering talking to teams who have lottery picks below the Lakers, a source close to Ball told ESPN.”
“After Friday’s workout he will consider talking to other lottery teams who have asked to speak with him, according to the source.”
Ball has said in the past that he’ll only work out for the Lakers. Furthermore, he’s made it known for a long time that he’s more interested in playing for Los Angeles than even being the No. 1 overall pick.
However, as buzz builds that the Lakers might actually not be convinced Ball is a superstar in the making, perhaps he’s getting nervous about falling down the board come draft day. If teams aren’t able to talk to Ball and haven’t seen him work out, there’s a chance they would be more comfortable drafting a player they have vetted, and one who doesn’t have LaVar Ball as his father.
There is also talk the Lakers are shopping the No. 2 overall pick, further strengthening the idea they aren’t sold on Ball, or anyone else at that spot.
With all that in mind, Ball would be smart to talk to other teams and open himself up to the possibility he might not live out his dream as a member of the Lakers just yet.