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ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski Has A Major Update On Lonzo Ball, Lakers

A closeup of Lonzo Ball in his purple Los Angeles Lakers uniform

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 23: Lonzo Ball #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on during the second half of a game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center on December 23, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Lonzo Ball remains a member of the Los Angeles Lakers. The former No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft doesn't appear to be in incredible standing with the organization, though.

The Lakers recently signed veteran point guard Rajon Rondo. The former New Orleans Pelicans point guard agreed to a one-year deal worth about $9 million. He will be competing for the starting job.

The addition of Rondo seems to make Ball expendable. It's unclear if the Lakers are pursuing a trade involving LaVar Ball's son, but it seems to be possible.

ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski appeared on SportsCenter recently and provided more details on the situation.

Wojnarowski is reporting that the Lakers' addition of Rondo is a message to Ball's camp (see: LaVar Ball).

It was leaked about a week ago that Lonzo Ball needed offseason surgery and would be out for a couple of weeks.

"This is a message to Lonzo Ball after his camp leaked news about his knee injury," Woj said.

Wojnarowski reports that the Lakers believe Ball's camp intentionally leaked news about his injury to weaken his trade market, making it more likely that he remains a part of Los Angeles' organization.

Ball is reportedly ready to compete for the starting point guard job, though. Reports suggest he won't back away from a competition with Rondo.