It was reported on Wednesday, the Los Angeles Lakers have offered Lonzo Ball and potentially others in a trade for John Wall of the Washington Wizards.
According to Kevin Broom of Bullets Forever, two anonymous NBA agents have confirmed the speculation that Ball is among a variety of names included in trade talks for the unhappy Washington Wizards star. Not sure if the rumors were accurate, Broom looked further into the story and reported, "Source No. 1, a current NBA agent, surprised me by saying the story was true." Broom went on to say that source cited the trade was something Rich Paul — agent to LeBron James and John Wall — was orchestrating. "But, according to this source, the Wizards were saying no," he writes.
Wizards Rashomon: A John Wall Trade Rumor https://t.co/8JV8p6kUpW— Probably Wrong (@Broom_Kevin) December 5, 2018
In an attempt to dig a little deeper, Broom checked with another source who confirmed the first source's story and added that Lonzo Ball and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope were definitely a part of the deal, but that there was still some discussion as to whether the third player would be Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, or Kyle Kuzma. With that, the trade became a potential blockbuster deal. Finally, a third source said they hadn't heard from Wall regarding the rumor, but assumed Paul wouldn’t be trying to make this happen without Wall’s approval.
All three sources believed Wall would waive his trade kicker in a move to the Lakers and a fourth source said Wall had since apologized for tearing into coach Scott Brooks at a practice and wanted to make things right in Washington, all while the Wizards were very much ok with moving Wall in the right deal.
What This Means
If this deal happens, the Wizards would be out from under Wall’s massive contract while removing a player who recently has made things difficult with his outbursts and behavior. The Wizards could then rebuild around Bradley Beal and Otto Porter, surrounding them with some of the Lakers best youth.