We’ve all heard about the Ball family over the last couple of months, as Lonzo – the oldest of the three brothers – is set to enter this upcoming NBA Draft with several teams looking forward to acquiring the services of the 19-year-old from the UCLA Bruins.
Through 36 games as a freshman, Lonzo became a very dominant player and a prolific scorer, averaging 14.6 points, 7.6 assists, 6 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 0.8 blocks per game on .551 shooting and .412 from deep, although his .673 from the charity stripe is a legit concern, as well as his lack of midrange shot and how that could translate to the NBA.
Boston Celtics will select the first pick in the 2017 NBA draft, but one of the best prospects Lonzo Ball refuses to workout with the Boston Celtics.
Celtics president of basketball ops Danny Ainge joined 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich on Thursday morning on his way to New York for a Draft workout, and said UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball has declined an invite to work with the team.
“It’s not ideal,” Ainge joked. “We’ve drafted guys who wouldn’t come in for workouts before. It’s not the end of the world.”
Ainge said players declining a workout with a team isn’t too uncommon. The Celtics’ roster is currently loaded at the guard position, so it appears Ball would prefer to go somewhere where he could make an immediate impact.
“They’re making their priorities. Sometimes they don’t want to come in not because they don’t like you, but they see our roster and would prefer to go to another team,” he said, adding that Ball’s camp did not give a reason for declining the workout.
“We tried to get him in for a workout and they politely declined,” he said.
LaVar Ball recently said that his son will only work out for the Los Angeles Lakers.
But, what if Boston Celtics decide to select Lonzo Ball?