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Lonzo Ball Says He Knew The Lakers Would Trade Him For Anthony Davis

(via USA Today)

(via USA Today)

There were many reservations when the Lakers traded for 6x All-Star Anthony Davis in June. Will he re-sign when his contract expires this summer? Will he be enough to bring the Lakers a Championship? Did they give up too much to get him?

Lonzo Ball's inclusion in the deal received many mixed reviews, with many in the community feeling as if the Lakers had lost a key piece of their core.

Nonetheless, it wasn't anything that caught Lonzo off guard. According to what he told Shams Charania, he knew what would have to happen for the Lakers to acquire A.D.

“It was only a matter of time before a trade happened,” Ball told Shams Charania of The Athletic. “I pretty much knew a trade would happen. Any time you have a player like Anthony Davis available, I knew it was going to be my time. I was looking forward to it and I was excited for a new start. Getting out of L.A. for the first time in my life. I’m happy about it.”

Lonzo was preparing for the deal, as was the rest of the world. After negotiations went south in February, it was only a matter of time until both sides rekindled talks.

As one of the most intriguing members of the Lakers' infamous young core, Lonzo being included in the deal was necessary if they were going to get any traction in completing it.

COnsidering the circumstances, it's fair to say both sides came out with a victory.