Lonzo Ball looks ahead to a healthy summer after season shutdown

Lonzo Ball
Dec 2, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Phoenix Suns forward Mikal Bridges (25) fouls Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball (2) trying to steal the ball during the third quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Lonzo Ball was shut down for the rest of the season after suffering a Grade 3 ankle sprain in January. While the Lakers season was in limbo, his absence didn’t help and now, there’s no real reason to force him to come back to a team that doesn’t have a shot at the playoffs.

As reported by Shams Charania for The Athletic, Lonzo is already looking ahead to the summer.

Just before the trade deadline, pretty much every player on the team not named LeBron James was involved in trade talks. Fans could instantly see that it wasn’t going to be good for the team when the trade for Anthony Davis didn’t happen. It’s a business, but that doesn’t mean that everyone enjoys being involved in trade talks.

Thankfully, it appears that Lonzo isn’t going to concern himself with whether or not he’ll be traded this summer. He’s focused on improving his craft since this will be the first summer where he’s been healthy. Here’s what he said to The Athletic about potentially being traded:

“At the end of the day, you can only control the things that you can control,” Ball told The Athletic. “If I get traded, then I get traded. But I’m going to be ready to go. The goal is to be the best player I can for whichever team.”

We’ll have to wait and see what moves the Lakers make over the summer, but they definitely need to do something. Even though there were injuries this season, the team still lost a lot of games that they should have easily won against bad teams.

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