In search of a second All-Star player via trade or free agency to play alongside LeBron James, president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka have an opportunity leading up to the Feb. 7 trade deadline.
Since the Pelicans may ultimately wait until the conclusion of the 2018-19 NBA season, the Lakers reportedly will have to offer at least Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Ivica Zubac and a first round draft pick. While the Lakers were ‘adamant’ about not trading Ball in recent weeks, the circumstances have significantly changed.
If Ball is ultimately involved in the Davis trade, his camp would prefer for him to be traded to a third team, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic:
Sources: Should Lakers/Pelicans trade talks pick up, point guard Lonzo Ball's camp prefers Ball to be moved to a third team that doesn't have an established point guard.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 29, 2019
Through his first 99 games, Ball has had an up-and-down time as the former No. 2 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. While the 21-year-old was starting to find a rhythm without James, he unfortunately suffered a Grade 3 ankle sprain against the Houston Rockets that will keep him out 4-6 weeks.
With there being different opinions about Ball’s true potential, it remains to be seen if the Pelicans are even interested. As Ball’s shooting remains a concern, there is no denying his defense and playmaking abilities in just his second season.
In a time when point guards are dominating the league, there are only a few teams like the Detroit Pistons or Orlando Magic that could use an upgrade in Ball.