It hasn't been the best of offseasons for Lonzo Ball. The Los Angeles Lakers rookie point guard is currently rehabbing from a knee injury. He's also hearing his name mentioned in trade rumors after the signing of Rajon Rondo.
ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski has provided an update on the status of Ball's injury, which is a meniscus injury in his knee.
Wojnarowski said on his podcast today that the injury would require surgery, later clarifying on Twitter that he meant it might require surgery.
"Listening back to pod discussion on Lonzo Ball's knee injury, I misspoke: What I planned to say was that he may require surgery, not that he requires it," he wrote.
Wojnarowski provided more details on Ball's situation earlier in the week.
There is reportedly a belief around the Lakers that Ball's knee injury news was leaked to prevent him from being traded.
"This is a message to Lonzo Ball," Wojnarowski said on ESPN. "His injury — that knee injury — I think there’s a belief around the Lakers that it was within his world that that got leaked out there to keep him from getting traded. He doesn’t want to be traded from L.A. It wasn’t the Lakers that wanted information out on that knee injury. There were a lot of teams that were checking on possible deals with the Lakers and there were questions about that knee. They want winning, veteran players there. You have LeBron James now, and he’s 33 years old. They want win-now guys. And Rondo is going to challenge Lonzo Ball."
The Lakers have had quite the offseason so far. It's only going to get more interesting as we move forward.