Why Will LaMelo Ball Never Join the Los Angeles Lakers?

Published 11/08/2021, 9:24 PM EST
Mar 18, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball (2) greets Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) before the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports


The Charlotte Hornets have come up as an underdog team in the NBA. Led by the young star, LaMelo Ball, they’re enjoying an improved 2021-22 season. Ball has made a name for himself for his playmaking skills and is now showcasing his offensive capabilities as well. However, his Hornets are not a championship squad and he may have to switch the boat in the coming years. But the one team he might never join would be the Los Angeles Lakers.

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LaMelo sure has shown a lot of improvement and is turning himself into one of the best point guards in the current NBA. But, winning a ring is every player’s dream, and the same applies to Ball too. With the Lakers having a history of winning, he would be a good fit. However, it is highly unlikely that LaMelo ever joins.

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Why LaMelo will never join the Lakers

One of the main reasons LaMelo might never be in the purple and gold is their history with his brother, Lonzo. A #2 draft pick, Lonzo Ball came into LA as a high-ranked prospect. But things didn’t turn out great for him as he couldn’t perform up to the expectations. After a couple of years, Lonzo was sent off to New Orleans in a trade for Anthony Davis.

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Following the trade, father LaVar Ball was not happy either. He even said they [Lakers] will never win another championship. Moreover, he had also expressed his desire for all his sons to be on one team at some point. Hence, that could come up as one of the reasons.

But, LaVar and Lonzo have had a shaky relationship and Melo signing with Puma made LaVar unhappy too. So whether or not they’ll fulfill their dad’s wish and play on the same team has to be seen.

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However, the trade for Lonzo did draw a controversy. Despite playing only parts of seasons due to injuries, he averaged 10 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, and a steal per game. So, looking at the way Lonzo was treated by the organization, LaMelo may keep the Lakers off his list.

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At the end of the day, it will all come down to the decision by LaMelo Ball. He is a great talent, a leader who is making a name for himself with the Hornets. Moreover, despite issues with the Lakers, Lonzo would surely support his brother when it comes to Melo making his free agency decision.

Do you think LaMelo Ball will join the Lakers one day? Let us know in the comments below.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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