Lonzo Ball Turned Down Offer to Work Out for Celtics Before Draft

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When Lonzo Ball’s dad LaVar said his son would only work out for the Los Angeles Lakers prior to this summer’s draft… apparently, he wasn’t playing.

Boston Celtics president Danny Ainge said this week that Ball’s camp has informed his team he would not work out for them before the draft.

During an appearance on Boston radio station, 98.5 The Sports Hub, Ainge said not being able to see Ball work out is not ideal for them, being they own the No. 1 pick and want to evaluate all top talent before the draft. However, he did note that the Celtics have drafted players who didn’t work out for them in the past.

“We tried to get [Ball] in,” he said. “We don’t deal with [Ball’s camp] all that much. They didn’t show up at the combine, which is very common — many of the top 10 or 15 players don’t show up for the combine. … We just tried to get him in for a workout and they politely said no.”

Ball’s father LaVar said his son would only work out for the Lakers… and has kept his word.

However, there could be some financial implications attached to the decision. The difference between the No. 1 and No. 2 pick’s guaranteed rookie wage is $2.2 million, according to the collective bargaining agreement. If you’re taking income tax into consideration, California has the highest state taxes in the United States at 13.3 percent for the highest bracket, while Massachusetts’ taxes are 5.1 percent.

LaVar says he wants his son to play for the Lakers. One, because they are from Los Angeles and would prefer he play in his hometown; and two, he believes Boston has too many options at the point guard position. “If Lonzo goes to Boston, he turns into a 2. … Lonzo’s always going to be a point guard. He can play any position, but his true position is point guard and Boston has so many guards, you don’t need that guy,” LaVar said.

“Here’s the thing: I prefer Zo to go to the Lakers, but if Boston were to choose him and Lonzo wants to play basketball, then guess what, he doesn’t care where he goes,” he later added.