The Los Angeles Lakers do not want to trade point guard Lonzo Ball right now. But, according to an unnamed NBA executive, the team "dangled" the point guard as a potential trade piece last month.
The second-year man could miss some time following what appeared to be a bad ankle injury sustained whilst playing the Houston Rockets on Saturday night. And, while X-rays returned negative, the Lakers have yet to provide an official prognosis.
According to a story from Bleacher Report's Ken Berger, the purple and gold considered using the guard as a trading chip last month, given their keenness on signing Washington Wizards star Bradley Beal.
Beal has commanded lots of appeal in recent times and the Lakers are only one of the clubs who want him on their roster.
The side was reportedly ready to give up the youngster they banked their future on to have Beal come in. And, admittedly, such a move wouldn't be all that risky as they've got LeBron James and would have gotten a 25-year-old proven star in exchange had a deal gone down.
The superstar forward has been out injured since Christmas Day, something which has probably prompted a change of heart for Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka.
"At one point a month ago, they were dangling Lonzo [Ball] a little bit, but now they don't want to trade him," the exec said.
Berger adds: "Josh Hart, Ivica Zubac and Moritz Wagner are available, rival executives say, while pretty much everyone else is off the table. To get Beal, it's going to take a lot more than that."
What This Means
It appears that Ball has been taken off the table while the aforementioned trio could be available. A recent stellar performance from Zubac, though, is said to have left Luke Walton impressed and the coach might not be as keen on letting him go.
These names are unlikely to land the Lakers a top-caliber talent yet they could still prove useful in helping them get a very good role player.
Meanwhile, the circumstances surrounding Ketavious Caldwell-Pope have also changed and he seems to be satisfied with his current role. But adding him to trade discussions would help the Lakers match salaries.