Lonzo Ball is as dyed-in-the-wool as they come.
Ball, who is unanimously projected as a top-3 pick, has turned down an offer from the Boston Celtics and possibly a chance to land as the top overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft. That further established the fact he wants to play for his hometown Lakers.
Ball may, however, be at least somewhat interested in another team. According to a report by ESPN, Ball is mulling a workout offer by Philly.
Here is what Chris Haynes wrote:
“A final decision will be made once Ball’s agent, Harrison Gaines, and Sixers general manager Bryan Colangelo have had an extensive conversation centered on the identity of the team, sources told ESPN.”
It’s understandable why Ball, 19, would be interested in playing for the Sixers who finally appear to have some hope for their future with Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Dario Saric on their roster. But who in their right mind would rather play for the Sixers right now than the Celtics?
Boston was just in the conference finals. They represent a chance to win now and clearly, their front office knows what they are doing. The same can’t be said for the Lakers or Sixers until they actually win something.
Whether it’s his dad pulling the strings on this or not, it seems like a curious decision by Ball to turn down the good team and then show interest in the bad ones.