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Lonzo Ball Trade Rumors Are Swirling Amid LeBron Free Agency Talk

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 went from starring at UCLA to getting picked No. 2 overall by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2017 NBA Draft. It's tough to imagine a better scenario for a California kid than that.

Will Ball be a part of the Lakers' plans moving forward, though? Some are starting to think he will not.

The Lakers are now being listed as the favorite to land LeBron James in free agency. The oddsmakers have Los Angeles as his most-likely landing spot.

If James does end up picking the Lakers, is he really going to want to deal with the LaVar Ball craziness?

A lot of people are doubting that.

An earlier report suggested that Ball, despite being the No. 2 overall draft pick, was not "untouchable" in trade talks.

To be clear, the Lakers are not actively shopping any of their players. They are willing to listen to offers and could move one of them — even a member of the talented young cadre of Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram or Josh Hart — if an offer blows them away.

Landing LeBron would certainly be a "blown away" type scenario. The Lakers wouldn't have to trade Ball to make space for LeBron, but some are starting to think that LeBron wouldn't want to deal with all of the off-the-court stuff that Lonzo (see: LaVar Ball) brings.

Free agency begins on July 1. It's going to be a fascinating next couple of weeks.