The earliest Lonzo could unilaterally leave Los Angeles is 2022, but he addressed his father’s comments now.
Lonzo, via Ramona Shelburne of ESPN:
“No reaction,” Lonzo said of his father’s threat. “I always just play. He always talks. It’s always been the same way.”
I don’t envy Lonzo repeatedly getting stuck in this situation.
But LaVar appears to hold immense sway in his sons careers. He said he pulled LiAngelo out of UCLA, and he took LaMelo out of high school to play in Lithuania. As long as that perception remains, Lonzo will have to answer for comments like this one from his father.
The Lakers probably shouldn’t worry about Lonzo leaving as quickly as he can in unrestricted free agency, though his non-denial warrants at least consideration. But they are worried about another angle of this – how all this drama affects Lonzo.