Lonzo Ball was the subject of trade talks last month, but the other year's point guard is merely focusing on becoming healthy if his future is with LeBron James and Lakers or with another NBA team.
"That at the end of the day you can only control the things you can control. If I am traded, then I am traded," Ball told The Athletic. "But I need to be ready to go. The goal is to be the best player I can for which team."
Bold was among the Lakers included in failed discussions before the February February February with Anthony Davis, the Pelicans All-Star. The Lakers, along with Celtics, are expected to pursue Davis in a trade again this offseason.
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"I'm very, very motivated," said Ball, who also suffered a knee injury late in his rookie season. "I want to be the best I can be. I'm looking forward to this summer. I don't look at it as increased pressure because I haven't had a whole summer yet to dedicate myself. I have to continue working on my craft I'm just happy to be healthy.
"It's been frustrating. This is the second year that this has happened. But I have to remain positive, be motivated. "
As for what he plans to work on this summer, Ball added:" Of course, I am improving everything on the basketball court: my shooting, finishing. But for my body I work on my legs and make sure they are strong and clear. I didn't get any leg work last summer. This is going to be a new summer, for sure. "The Lakers were 25-22 when Ball was wounded in January 19 in Houston, but they have lost 14 of their last 20 games to fall outside of the playoff battle in West, seven games behind Clippers for the eighth playoff position. James also missed 18 games earlier this season after suffering a groin injury at Christmas.