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ESPN Reporter Wonders If Lonzo Ball's Camp Leaked Injury News To Stave Off A Trade

LaVar Ball wearing a big baller brand hat.

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 22: LaVar Ball, father of second overall pick Lonzo Ball of the Los Angeles Lakers, speaks to media during the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft at Barclays Center on June 22, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

At the moment, LeBron James and Lonzo Ball are teammates on the Los Angeles Lakers. That said, many believe that the franchise, in order to get help for James, will wind up trading Ball in some kind of deal to acquire a talented veteran.

ESPN's Ramona Shelburne, who did a radio spot for ESPNLA earlier this week, wonders if the Ball family is trying to possibly stave something like that off. In fact, she wonders if Lonzo's injury news earlier in the week - that he has a torn meniscus in his knee - was actually meant to make him a less valuable asset in a potential trade.

Larry Brown Sports transcribed what Shelburne had to say about the idea of Lonzo's camp leaking essentially fake (or outdated) injury news to keep him in Los Angeles.

“From what I understand, this is the same injury he had the PRP [platelet-rich plasma injection] on,” said Shelburne. “I’m surprised that it came out like this and now. The reason I’ll tell you that, guys, is because the Lakers are not in charge of releasing this kind of information during the summertime because there’s like HIPAA laws against it.

“So that was a well-reported story initially, but it had to come from Lonzo and his camp,” she continued. “Why would half the story come out then and more come out now? I don’t know, maybe somebody is worried about getting traded or something. That was strange.”

News of Lonzo's injury leaked before LeBron signed, but there were trade rumors regarding the young Lakers star even before Sunday night.

Meanwhile, Lonzo himself celebrated the King's decision on Twitter Sunday night. That said, many are wondering whether he'll actually be taking the floor with James when the first game of the season rolls around.