Notwithstanding being in the running for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft, monitor Lonzo Ball will not work out for the Boston Celtics. As indicated by A. Sherrod Blakely of Comcast SportsNet, Celtics general manager Danny Ainge said Ball recently informed the Celtics of his decision.
Boston holds the top pick in the draft after beforehand gaining it from the Brooklyn Nets. Ball’s choice is true to comments made by his father, LaVar Ball, about his son’s workout preference.
The Senior Ball educated Ryan Ward of Lakers Nation that his child would just work out for the Los Angeles Lakers ahead of time of the draft.
L.A. holds the No. 2 wide choice and is broadly seen as the favored landing spot for the former UCLA guard.
LaVar has been vocal about needing his child to play for the Lakers, and Lonzo said a month ago on ESPN’s SportsNation (h/t CBS Sports’ Kyle Boone) that he would rather arrive in L.A. than be brought with the No. 1 general pick: “I’m going to the Lakers. … All my family is from L.A. so to be able to play in front of them; I think that would mean more to me.”
The ball might be in line to get his desire accepting the Celtics select Washington monitor Markelle Fultz with the top pick.
ESPN draft master Chad Ford positioned Ball No. 2 on his most recent huge board behind Fultz, and also predicted in his latest mock draft that Los Angeles will take Ball with the second pick.