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Report: Lonzo Ball Has Torn Meniscus In Knee

A closeup of Lonzo Ball in his yellow Los Angeles Lakers uniform.

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 05: Lonzo Ball #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on during the first half of a game against the Charlotte Hornets at Staples Center on January 5, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Lakers are very much in flux as they wait on decisions by LeBron James, Paul George, and the San Antonio Spurs with Kawhi Leonard. Today, they got some bad news about one of their current young stars: Lonzo Ball.

According to a report by Yahoo! Sports' NBA inside Shams Charania, Ball has a torn meniscus in his knee. He dropped this new report moments ago.

A torn meniscus is far from the worst knee injury that a player can have. However, any injury concern can complicate the Lakers' off-season.

Any Lonzo Ball injury hurts him as an asset that could be included in a trade to acquire Kawhi Leonard.

It doesn't sound like the Spurs necessarily want Ball. There are still questions about his ceiling as an NBA player due to his iffy jumper, and his father is an annoyance that someone like Gregg Popovich may not want to deal with.

As a non-shooter, he is also a weird fit alongside LeBron James. LeBron plays best when his backcourt teammates can space the floor.

The Spurs seem more interested in forwards Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma, who are both young bright stars. Still, Ball could have other utility in trades.

He could always be moved for another high draft pick, which can, in turn, be used to land someone like Leonard.

Hopefully he recovers in time for next season, as should be possible from a meniscus. Distractions aside, Ball is an interesting young NBA talent.