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ESPN's Jalen Rose Says Lonzo Ball Is Trying To Trash His Trade Value

A photo of Lonzo Ball with his Los Angeles Lakers teammates.

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 13: Lonzo Ball #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers smiles from the sidelines during a timeout in the first half against the LA Clippers at Staples Center on October 10, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski reported earlier this week that the Los Angeles Lakers believe Lonzo Ball's camp intentionally leaked news about his knee injury to hurt his trade value.

Ball, a soon-to-be second-year point guard, has a meniscus injury that could require knee surgery. News of this injury leaked right around the time some trade rumors surfaced.

ESPN's Jalen Rose believes this is true. The NBA analyst says Ball is trying to trash his trade value.

Rose discussed this theory on Thursday:

For The Win transcribed his quotes:

Jalen Rose: "This is obvious. Think about it – the kid grew up in California. All he ever wanted to do is be a Los Angeles Laker. His father wished it into existence.

…. His father said he was going to be the greatest point guard of all time, and guess what Magic Johnson said? ‘I want your number hanging in the rafters. He doesn’t want to leave there.

You think it was an accident when he dropped the diss record on his own teammate during the heightened time of free agency when they’re trying to woo LeBron James?"

Mike Greenberg: "What you’re saying is that Lonzo Ball has spent the last month or thereabouts purposely diminishing his own trade value?"

Jalen Rose: "That’s smart. He doesn’t want to leave L.A. If you don’t want to leave L.A., do all of the things that don’t make people think you’re an attractive commodity to bring to their team. Do the San Antonio Spurs want Lonzo Ball?

…. There are some people that felt like… because of [LaVar Ball] and what distraction he may be, we don’t want [Lonzo]. That ain’t 100 percent of the people. Now you put the injury thing out there. Now you put the diss record out there. Now that suppresses the market for people that actually want to bring you to their squad."

It's working - so far, anyway. Lonzo Ball remains a member of the Lakers. We'll see if that is true a year from now...