UCLA Basketball's Lonzo Ball selected 2nd by the Los Angeles Lakers

Posted June 23, 2017

One of, if not the biggest trade, has been the trade between the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers.

Ball was asked by SportsCenter co-host Michael Smith about the recent rumors that four-time MVP James may leave Cleveland for Los Angeles when he hits free agency in 2018.

With the Lakers, University of Los Angeles guard Lonzo Ball potentially represents what the Lakers have been seeking.

Ball and the Lakers have always been seen as the likely pairing, but the Lakers did their due diligence along the way.

It's official: Lonzo Ball was selected by his hometown Lakers, and dad LaVar was ready for the announcement.

The Lakers, and other National Basketball Association talent evaluators, have praised Ball's court vision, but they also see leadership qualities in his temperament, pass-first mentality and scoring that make them believe he can run the team's offense and help guide a young roster. Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka.

The Lakers traded former lottery pick D'Angelo Russell earlier this week, opening the door for Ball to start. The logical answer is most likely not, but Ball can be the next great Lakers point guard.

In his only year at UCLA, Ball scored 14.6 points per game, 7.6 assists, 6.0 rebounds and 1.8 steals.