Less than 1%:
- Lonzo Ball
- Brandon Ingram
Despite being dubbed as “untouchable”, there is a very, very slight chance that the Los Angeles Lakers part ways with one of their young stars in Ball or Ingram. Heading into last season, nobody expected D’Angelo Russell to be traded and he was one of the first to go in the offseason. While Russell is a lot easier to part ways with than Ball or Ingram.
Out of the two, Ball is more likely to stick around. The only thing that would really merit a Lonzo Ball trade in the first place is if the team were to go out and get a rumored superstar point guard such as Russell Westbrook.
However, now, Westbrook is locked into the Oklahoma City Thunder for five seasons, and unless the team wanted to make the unwise decision of getting Chris Paul, there is no real superstar replacement for Ball.
As for Ingram, he has had a little bit more time to develop on the Lakers, and if his development is not matching their needs, they could pull a similar move to what they did with Russell. Especially if the team expects a star such as Paul George to come, it may be smarter to get another star in an Ingram deal.
Don’t get me wrong, for the right asking price the Lakers wouldn’t hesitate to part ways with either of these guys. However, that asking price must be astronomically high.