Lonzo Ball Has Torn Meniscus, So the Lakers Unfortunately Can't Trade Him

By Jason McIntyre

Lonzo Ball had an underwhelming rookie year, given the expectations heaped on the point guard by his father, the media and even Magic Johnson, just got more bad news: The 20-year old has a torn meniscus in his left knee, and will need surgery.

According to Yahoo Sports, he’s expected to be ready for training camp.

The timing of this news is very interesting. The Lakers could be trading Ball today in an effort to get Kawhi Leonard – a 3rd team would have to be involved – before NBA free agency begins.

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It’s highly unlikely that anyone would trade for Ball – even a point guard-needy team like Orlando or Charlotte – given this injury and the fact that he missed 31 games due to injury as a rookie.

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