Lonzo Ball inching closer to return, practiced Monday

The long-awaited return of Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball is right around the corner. The rookie went through most of practice with the Lakers Monday, though he did not participate in the contact portion, and is going to be evaluated Tuesday to see if he’s ready for contact.

Ball has been out with a knee injury for weeks. The Lakers have been purposefully taking his recovery on the slow side, and head coach Luke Walton said that he could be held out until after the All-Star break, which is right in line with the timeline we’re seeing currently.

In the meantime, Los Angeles made some moves at the trade deadline that have changed the lineup. It’s going to be interesting to see how Ball fits in with his new teammates when he’s reinserted into the starting lineup upon his return.