Per Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times, Lonzo Ball reportedly prefers to be moved to a third team like the New York Knicks or Chicago Bulls if he’s a part of a deal to acquire New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis.
This also supports Shams Charania’s tweet from yesterday regarding Lonzo’s desire that he doesn’t want to go to a franchise that already has a guy that can handle the Ball (Pun Intended).
However, BBB Jr. may want to reconsider, since it appears he is wanted in NOLA. The Pelicans are reportedly high on him as a starting point guard:
“They don’t see Jrue Holiday as a point guard because he ‘doesn’t want to be a point guard,’ one source said.” … “the sources said the Pelicans would play Ball 35 minutes a night and make sure he ‘would fit’ in with New Orleans so he could become a star.”
The two UCLA standouts could fit in quite nicely in New Orleans as the perfect complements to each other, but who knows what the Pelicans roster is going to look like when the dust settles..
Unfortunately for Ball, he has almost no leverage in this situation, as according to the Los Angeles Times’ Broderick Turner and Tania Ganguli, any offer from Los Angeles “would have to start with Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Ivica Zubac and a first-round draft pick.”
As a Bulls fan, I’d love for them to look into acquiring Ball. Not only is Lonzo only 21 and still on a rookie deal, but he is an excellent defender with the ability to guard both G positions. Ball is also an elite passer, whose skillset would mesh perfectly with both Lauri Markkanen and Zach LaVine.
Either way, I can’t wait to hear what LaVar Ball has to say…