According to NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski, the Lonzo Ball camp leaked news of an injury in order to kibosh an outgoing trade. Lonzo is believe to have suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee, an injury that was supposed to remain a private team matter. Though there’s a belief around the team that his idle talk was a contrived act, but there’s no way of telling if he’s guilty of foul play, without launching a probe into the matter.

Lonzo’s injury is believed to be insignificant, and he shouldn’t miss any part training camp action or preseason play. Wojnarowski also reports that Rajon Rondo was signed as an insurance policy for Lonzo, and obviously to add a level of accountability to a younger roster. The Lakers’ signings, albeit questionable at first glance, do add a certain element of professional to the existing group. You might recall Lonzo and small forward Kyle Kuzma facing a reprimand for their childish antics.

One thing’s for certain: the latest Kawhi Leonard trade offering to leak, involved everyone but Lonzo Ball: Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart, two first-round draft picks and perhaps two more pick going in the other direction. For all intents and purposes, this situation will likely not be treated as foul play, but any further interference could negatively impact Lonzo's relationship with his parent club. Stay with us for updates on San Antonio’s escalating trade asks for Kawhi Leonard, or any pertinent news regarding Lonzo Ball’s recovery.