The Los Angeles Lakers have wrapped up the 2017-18 season that featured many promising moments along the way. Among that was the play of point guard Lonzo Ball in his rookie campaign that gave much reason for much optimism around the organization.
The Lakers will now head into an offseason that could transform the outlook of the franchise for the long-term future beyond next season. During his exit interview on Thursday Ball touched upon the message that management sent his way about what the team expects out of him, according to Ryan Ward of ClutchPoints.
Lonzo Ball said Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka told him this will be the "biggest summer of his life" #Lakers
— Ryan Ward (@RyanWardLA) April 12, 2018
The Lakers have plenty stock in the play of their young point guard to be one of the cornerstone players of the franchise for the next decade. These type of expectations won’t change much regardless of what talent the team brings aboard over the offseason.
Ball displayed many flashes of potential on the court to be a player the team can build around over the next several seasons. Although he struggled at times with his shot through stretches of the year, he was able to make a tremendous impact on other aspects of the game as a passer, rebounder, and even individual defender.
All of that has given the team much confidence that he can make the next leap forward toward being a more reliable player on both ends of the floor. The shooting is something he will key in on over the offseason in order to make that aspect of his skill set something he can depend on a nightly basis rather than being a streaky shooter.
Los Angeles could very well be headed toward a summer where the team brings aboard a significant amount of talent via free agency. This will only further underline the importance that he improves on the court to help the franchise take the next step back to relevancy in the league next season.