Lonzo Ball is a year removed from being the No. 2 overall pick in the NBA Draft. The former UCLA star played decently as a rookie and figured to be a big part of the Lakers' plans moving forward. Is that still the case?
The signing of LeBron James means that, basically, no one in Los Angeles is safe. The Lakers are going to do whatever they think it takes to build a championship contender under James.
Will Lonzo be a part of that contender? We'll see.
For now, he appears to be in line for a major competition at the starting point guard spot. The Lakers have signed veteran point guard Rajon Rondo to a one-year deal.
Rondo, 32, looked good on New Orleans last season and his new teammate, LeBron, is a big fan of his game, especially his basketball IQ.
The veteran point guard has reportedly been told that there will be an open competition at point guard.
How does Lonzo feel about this? He's not afraid.
"Zo's not running from the competition," a source close to Lonzo told Tania Ganguli.
A competition at the point guard spot could be good for Lonzo. A veteran presence like Rondo could help the 2017 NBA Draft's No. 2 overall pick develop.
Or, maybe, it'll make Lonzo expendable in a trade for Kawhi Leonard or someone else. Stay tuned.