Lonzo Ball got caught amid the Anthony Davis mayhem, as the Los Angeles Lakers would be required to deal him if they want to land the All-Star power forward, something that may not be his biggest interests.
Lonzo’s camp (AKA LaVar Ball) wouldn’t like the Lakers to deal him to the Pelicans and would rather them to send him to a team that doesn’t have an established point guard, as per Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times.
Obviously, that doesn’t mean the Lakers will, in fact, listen to his demands, as they have no incentive to do so whatsoever unless it actually suits them. But, assuming they do listen to LaVar’s antics, let ’s take a look at the top 3 best destinations for Lonzo Ball.
One important update: Dallas Mavericks were a perfect destination for Lonzo Ball, but since they traded Dennis Smith Jr. to the Knicks, they can’t offer a good package for him right now.
On the other side, New York Knicks got Dennis Smith and he will probably become a starting point guard.
3. New Orleans Pelicans
Well, there’s no reason to think the Los Angeles Lakers would actually care for Lonzo’s demands and trade him, but for him, staying put in New Orleans wouldn’t be the worst idea, especially if he ’s joined by his friends Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma.
Lonzo Ball is already a better and most impactful player than Elfrid Payton, while Jrue Holiday could also be on the move if (when) Davis heads out the door. Also, he wouldn’t face half the pressure he has when he’s wearing a Lakers jersey.
2. Phoenix Suns
The Phoenix Suns desperately crave a starting point guard to round up their rebuilding process, and they have enough assets to pull off a move for Ball, and enough cap space to pursue a big name signing this offseason.
Obviously, they won’t love the idea of helping the Lakers get a superstar, but this would be for their best interest. In order to get him, they’d have to trade away one or two of their wings (Josh Jackson, Mikal Bridges or TJ Warren), as well as a couple 2nd round picks.
1. Chicago Bulls
And finally, what better place to kick start his career than Michael Jordan’s land? The Chicago Bulls are going through a disastrous rebuilding process that may come to an end if they land a franchise player like Cameron Reddish, RJ Barrett or Zion Williamson in next year’s Draft.
Chicago looks committed with Kris Dunn but Lonzo Ball would be an upgrade over him, while they also hold the rights to another player the Lakers want: Carmelo Anthony. So, the Bulls could trade both Dunn and Anthony to the Lakers and finally have a solid point guard for the future.