Los Angeles Lakers supporters had needs to know that the rumors going around the franchise won’t going to end in the month of August after adding Lonzo Ball to the mix.
The Lakers fans in all likelihood didn’t anticipated to see the organization to come up alongside New York Knicks Kristaps Porzingis in the rumors, either.
The link to the Knicks seems like one of the final offerings from the speculations after a tumultuous offseason of rebuilding the storied Los Angeles Lakers franchise, a responsibility now headed up by Magic Johnson — the current president of basketball operations of the Purple and Gold teal.
According to Peter Vecsey, the former Knicks president of basketball operations Phil Jackson had a master plan for the New York that would result to drafting Lonzo Ball, not the LA Lakers.
“People knew, they probably wouldn’t have accepted, but Phil was angling to try to trade Porzingis for the No. 1 pick to Boston and he would have taken [Lonzo] Ball,” Vecsey said. “That’s who he was after. In the end, people might really like that.”
Phil Jackson eventually received the boot in Big Apple after creating a divide with superstar Carmelo Anthony and bringing up Porzingis’ name while discussing about trades. The Knicks then went on to select point guard Frank Ntilikina at No. 8 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, still has Porzingis and has yet to trade Anthony.
The Los Angeles wouldn’t be virtually as entertaining right now should the New York had boringly moved on from Porzingis after only a few seasons, as the Lonzo Ball family could be taking the Empire State City by storm as opposed to the City of Angels. Johnson and the Lakers front office have made a waves of moves in the wake of the summer leagues. The Los Angeles continue to give itself a future-first flexibility.
While Lakers is deep at the three with young core talents — Brandon Ingram, Luol Deng and Corey Brewer — quick development from the 22-year-old forward could provide the ball club some flexibility should they opt to get active near the trade deadline in 2017-18 NBA season.
Expectations are quite skyrocketing, most perticularly after Lonzo Ball clinched the MVP award at the 2017 Las Vegas Summer League.
The L.A. Lakers front office made moves this offseason, sticking to the long-term rebuilding system or at least eyeing the offseason in 2018.