Within hours of the leak, the New Orleans Pelicans would have Lonzo Ball as part of a trading package they received to send Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers, Ball's camp constituted a backlash that he did not had some interest in playing in New Orleans.
The problem with Ball and those around him, however, is that neither the pelicans nor the Lakers have a lot of incentive to give Ball – which is under hold control for at least another two years and realistically about five considering the existence of a limited exemption body – what he wants.
Still, it hasn't stopped Balls camp from continuing to push the idea that he would be open to playing with the pelicans, and now Tania Ganguli of the LA Times reports where exactly Ball prefers to go:
Although Lonzo Ball has nothing to say about where he lands in a trade, his preference would be for the Lakers to find a third team like Chicago or New York landing the site of the second-year guard if he was part of a agreement for New Orleans Pelican's star Anthony Davis, according to sources not authorized to speak publicly.
These destinations can be difficult for some reasons, not least because Knicks ̵
Bulls do not seem to have so much to offer in a three-way deal that would be equal to Ball's value, especially because it appears that the pelicans value him quite high (again via the LA Times) :
Ballen's camp has concerns about how crowded the Pelican's backcourt is. The problem with Ball is that he is an important part of what the pelicans want in a deal for Davis.
According to sources, the pelicans see Ball as a player who would become the starting point guard. They do not see Jrue Holiday as point watch because he "will not be a watch guard", a source said.
It may not be good news for Ball, although it is clear, the pelicans will try and cater to his camp's stated concern about having an established point guard. However, who this news is great for is the Lakers.
It was not clear before how much the pelicans liked any of the Lakers young prospects, and while we still do not know the answer to it with certainty that the pelicans see Ball as a key to the deal meaning they appreciate his game on some level. They may not dare to hand over Davis in exchange for Ball, but at least they seem to be able to step back to him as a core part of a Davis trading package at some point.
And the pelicans & # 39; Interest makes sense because the ball is a really good young player. Bold is already one of the best defenders in the league among point guards and has an average of 9.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.5 steals for 30.3 minutes per. Play this season on the way to being selected by NBA's assistant coaches as one of the 20 most promising rookie and sophomore players in the NBA. His class 3 ankle sprain may have sidelined him for now, but Ball really started to put it together.
The other thing worth noting here is that while New York and Chicago hardly have an established spot guard situation, the fact that Balls camp doesn't want him in New Orleans to play with Jrue Holiday and only compete for minutes with Elfrid Payton seems to mean that they care more about keeping him in a big market than they do about getting him to a team where the ball has a clear path to great minutes and success. Otherwise, Phoenix Suns or Orlando Magic, like two examples, wouldn't be on this list?
Still, the big pickup here is that there is at least one member of the Lakers young core who the pelicans like. It's a place to start these trade negotiations, and where it comes from, depends on how many assets the Lakers are willing to offer, and whether New Orleans values them all more than the package that Boston Celtics begged them to wait until July.
The NBA trading deadline is February 7. Hopefully we have clarity about all this today.
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