It seems Lonzo Ball is preparing to accept his fate. When he was first drafted by the Lakers in 2017, he had expectations of changing the franchise and becoming a lifelong star in Los Angeles. Those expectations have changed.
With the team reeling, Lonzo's shooting troubles, and the availability of Anthony Davis, his future with the team has been shrouded in doubt. Mostly because any trade for Anthony Davis will likely come at the cost of Lonzo.
Though, if it were up to him, he'd rather be playing in the bigger cities.
According to Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times, Ball would prefer to go to the New York Knicks or the Chicago Bulls, with either of the two teams participating as a third team to take him in a deal.
Although Lonzo Ball has no say in where he lands in a trade, his preference would be for the Lakers to find a third team such as Chicago or New York as a landing spot for the second-year point guard if he were part of a deal for New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis, according to sources not authorized to speak publicly.
It makes sense that Ball would prefer the Knicks or Bulls. Both teams reside in big market cities with limited backcourt talent, meaning Lonzo would have the opportunity to take over.
Of course, the Lakers are under no obligation to add in a third team, and the Pelicans likely wouldn't go for it, either. Still, it's interesting to find out what kind of situation intrigues Lonzo. Clearly, even at this stage of his young career, he wants a place where he can shine.