Lonzo Ball is drawing significant interest throughout the league heading into his third season, from Alvin Gentry and the Pelicans to the Bulls. The Lakers have also shown an interest in investing in their young point guard’s future by hiring Jason Kidd to help him develop, however misguided that may be.

On his end, Ball appeared to be thinking about playing for Phoenix at the trade deadline when an Anthony Davis deal seemed imminent, though Ball’s preference was always to remain in Los Angeles.

The Suns, however, haven’t been able to solve their point guard problem since about 2015, which makes Ball a desirous player to pair with their shooting guard of the future, Devin Booker. Booker has been stretched as the primary ball-handler in Phoenix, and his shooting makes him an ideal fit to play next to someone like the offensively-challenged Ball.

What the Suns would be willing to offer to obtain Ball is an open question, though a recent report indicates that despite rumors to the contrary, their lottery pick is off the table (via John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7, who is always plugged in on the Suns):