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LaVar Ball rips Lakers for including son Lonzo in Anthony Davis trade

LaVar Ball rips Lakers for including son Lonzo in Anthony Davis trade

Lonzo Ball is on his way out of Los Angeles as part of the Lakers' reported trade for Anthony Davis.

You just knew it wouldn't take long for Lonzo's loudmouth father, LaVar, to say something crazy regarding the trade. In fact, it took just a few hours.

ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk caught up with LaVar on Saturday while he was watching his son, LaMelo, play in the Drew League in LA, and he didn't hold back.

"It'll be the worst move the Lakers ever did in their life, and they'll never win another championship, guaranteed," LaVar said.

In their first season with LeBron James, the Lakers failed to make the playoffs. Then Magic Johnson, who drafted Ball No. 2 overall in 2017, abruptly quit as team president.

The last few months have been full of drama in LA. But through it all, LaVar still believed Lonzo was the player to help turn around the Lakers.

"They gonna regret it," LaVar told ESPN. "I'm going to have fun with it. I told y'all that it was crashing down. Now it completely crashed, but at least my son got off the boat before it exploded.

"I gave them a chance. You can rewind it and go back. I said if you get the three Ball brothers, you going to survive this. You let them go, oh, it's going to be a cold day in hell."

Oh, LaVar.

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Along with Ball, the Lakers are sending Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, three first-round draft picks and the right to swap first-rounders in 2023 and 2025 to the New Orleans Pelicans. It's a hefty price to pay for an oft-injured superstar. But LeBron has limited time left, so the Lakers needed to make a big splash.

While the Warriors probably are dreading the thought of facing LeBron and The Brow (plus whichever marquee free agent the Lakers sign), they're probably happy they don't have to deal with LaVar anymore.

NBA rumors: Pelicans agree to trade All-Star Anthony Davis to Lakers

NBA rumors: Pelicans agree to trade All-Star Anthony Davis to Lakers

Anthony Davis is on his way to LA.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Saturday that the New Orleans Pelicans have agreed to trade the All-Star center to the Los Angeles Lakers for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three first-round draft picks.

LA is where Davis seemingly wanted to end up all along, and he got his wish.

Wojnarowski reported Wednesday that the Pelicans had engaged with the Lakers and the Celtics in separate trade talks. It took three days after that for New Orleans and LA to reach an agreement.

The New York Times' Marc Stein reported Saturday that Boston wouldn't trade Jayson Tatum, stalling those talks.

Davis, a three-time All-NBA performer, has one year left on his contract and a player option for the 2020-21 season, but he is expected to decline that and become a free agent next summer.

The Pelicans didn't want to trade Davis to the Lakers during the season, but with new general manager David Griffin at the helm, that all changed. The package heading back to the Pelicans includes the No. 4 overall pick in next week's 2019 NBA Draft, and Wojnarowski reported that also could be traded.

New Orleans already holds the No. 1 overall selection and is expected to take Duke star Zion Williamson.

With the Warriors likely not contending for a title in 2019-20 because of the injuries to Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson, the Lakers sensed their chance to pounce — and pounce they did. Adding Davis to LeBron makes the Lakers instant NBA title contenders.

They also didn't have to include Kyle Kuzma in the deal, which was key.

The next step is finding a point guard to replace Ball, and it appears the Lakers have their eyes on free agent Kemba Walker.

[RELATED: Warriors unaccustomed to uncertain summer]

The Warriors will get the first shot at the new-look Lakers as the teams will play the first preseason game at Chase Center on Oct. 5.

After missing the playoffs this past season, the Lakers are hell-bent on getting back to the postseason, so they’re pulling out all the stops.

NBA rumors: Lakers intervened to stop Lonzo Ball from unauthorized surgery

NBA rumors: Lakers intervened to stop Lonzo Ball from unauthorized surgery

Programming note: Watch the pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders on Saturday at 3:30 p.m., streaming live on the MyTeams app.

The Lakers named Magic Johnson president of basketball operations in February 2017.

About four months later, the franchise selected Lonzo Ball with the No. 2 overall pick in the NBA Draft.

According to ESPN's Stephen A. Smith, Magic wanted to select De'Aaron Fox (who went to the Kings at No. 5 overall) but owner Jeannie Buss wanted Lonzo.

That tidbit is very interesting when you factor in what we learned on Friday afternoon, courtesy Shams Charania of The Athletic:

One of the headaches and near-debacles of the final stretch of Johnson’s tenure came in late February. In what could have been a catastrophe, the Lakers needed to prevent point guard Lonzo Ball from undergoing a potential unauthorized surgery on his left ankle that was planned by estranged former business partner Alan Foster and with LaVar Ball’s knowledge, multiple team and league sources told The Athletic.

The Lakers found out about Ball’s situation when Lonzo Ball called General Manager Rob Pelinka, and the organization informed him that they would not allow it and could void his contract, sources said. The Lakers then arranged transportation to bring Ball home, sources said ... Johnson and Lakers General Manager Rob Pelinka communicated with those around Lonzo, working with his then-agent Harrison Gaines to squash the procedure and bring him back to Los Angeles, sources around the team with knowledge of the situation said.

Ball, meanwhile, has since shuffled those around him by hiring Creative Artists Agency to represent him. He filed a lawsuit against Foster alleging in excess of $2 million in damages.

This story is...

...not actually unbelievable because when it comes to LaVar Ball, crazy is normal.

Lonzo sustained a significant ankle sprain on Jan. 19 and missed the rest of the season.

Over his final 13 games, the 21-year old averaged 12.5 points, 7.2 assists, 5.9 rebounds and 1.4 steals while shooting over 37 percent from deep.

In his only appearance against the Warriors, he recorded six points, four assists and three rebounds in Los Angeles' Christmas Night win.

Lonzo will be playing for a new head coach next season, as the Lakers and Luke Walton mutually agreed to part ways on Friday.

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