Lonzo Ball could be on the move this offseason regardless of the New Orleans Pelicans' intentions of retaining him after this campaign. The point guard has impressed a lot of people this season and the Pels could take advantage of that and get something good in return for the 23-year-old.
With Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram ready to become the best players on the roster, Lonzo's destination could be out of New Orleans. According to Brian Windhorst and Andrew Lopez of ESPN, a series of teams were engaged in trade talks for Ball during the deadline but executives believe he will be available in a sign-and-trade this offseason.
Ball was involved in trade discussions with several teams before last month's trade deadline, with the LA Clippers, Chicago Bulls, Denver Nuggets and Atlanta Hawks among the teams showing interest, sources said. Some executives came away from those talks with the belief that Ball might be available in a sign-and-trade in the offseason as a restricted free agent.
There are several teams looking to get an upgrade on their backcourt and this player can be the perfect option for them. Some of the franchises that were looking to get a deal done for him at the end of March could be the ones pushing again for Ball's services.
The moves portend a fertile market for free-agent point guards this summer with teams such as the New York Knicks, Miami Heat, Bulls and Clippers possibly looking for upgrades. That might lead Ball, who has impressed teams with his steady improvement and his team-first attitude, to draw offers that stress the Pelicans' cap sheet.
As the Pelicans scrap to get into the postseason, Ball's performance over the next month could influence the guard landscape for next season and beyond.
It seems like we're not done hearing about this saga. Lonzo was seemingly happy to stay with the Pelicans but those plans could change after this season. He has raised his stocks in the past couple of months the point guard won't miss suitors in the summer.