Despite watching LiAngelo Ball work out in front of the team’s brass on Tuesday, it now appears that the Los Angeles Lakers are not interested in the 2018 NBA Draft prospect.
According to Marc Stein of The New York Times, there’s “pessimism in the extreme” coming out of Los Angeles that the Lakers have “any intentions for him.”
A dribble of draft scuttle for those interested: The Lakers had LiAngelo Ball in for a well-chronicled workout this week but there is pessimism in the extreme coming out of L.A. today that the Lakers have any intentions for him … G-League or otherwise
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) May 30, 2018
Without a selection until No. 25 in next month’s draft, there had been speculation that the Lakers might exhaust their second-round pick to team LiAngelo up with brother, Lonzo. Based on Stein’s report, that might not be the case.
LaVar Ball has made it clear he wants his three sons to team up with the Lakers. Though, president Magic Johnson and Co. might be looking to do away with the entire Ball family drama. Adding LiAngelo to the mix certainly wouldn’t do that.
After dropping out of UCLA and playing professionally in Lithuania, Ball is now considered either a second-round pick or an undrafted free agent. He also has a workout scheduled with the defending champion Golden State Warriors on June 10th.