During the 2019 offseason, the Los Angeles Lakers sent a package of young players and picks to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for superstar Anthony Davis. That move ended up netting them the 2019-20 NBA championship, so it's fair to say that the move was successful.
It seems as though one of the young players that was sent away in that trade could potentially make his way back to the Los Angeles Lakers. A recent report by Marc Stein has suggested that the Los Angeles Lakers would be interested in re-acquiring Lonzo Ball, who has developed into a solid 3 and D guard for the New Orleans Pelicans.
Yet it's worth noting that inevitable rumbles of Lakers interest would not merely emanate from Simmons’ status as a Paul client like LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Word is that the Lakers, on top of their well-chronicled need for more shooting, covet one more difference-making playmaker who would allow James and Davis to spend more time at power forward and center.
Expect to eventually hear of them searching for potential pathways, however obstacle-strewn they would be, to reacquiring restricted free agent-to-be Lonzo Ball for that reason.
According to another report by Shams Charania, it seems as though the New Orleans Pelicans would be unwilling to match any huge offer sheet. It is also mentioned that the Los Angeles Lakers could potentially face some competition when acquiring Lonzo Ball, as both the Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Clippers were rumored to be interested in the point guard.
New Orleans is unlikely to match a significant offer sheet on Ball, sources said. Ball, 23, is among the top point guards on the free-agent market. The Bulls and Clippers are expected to be among the teams interested in him, according to sources. Ball averaged career-highs in points (14.6) and 3-point shooting (37.8) this past season.
There's a solid chance that Lonzo Ball could end up on another team than the New Orleans Pelicans. Perhaps he could reunite with a former teammate in LeBron James on the Los Angeles Lakers, and help James contend for a championship.