Lonzo Ball continues to be one of many hottest names in the marketplace forward of Thursday’s commerce deadline. He’ll be a restricted free agent after the 2020-21 marketing campaign and the New Orleans Pelicans guard appears eager on exploring his choices in free company. However how a lot cash does he need?
Based on The Athletic’s Sam Amick, Ball is “hoping to make roughly $20 million yearly on his subsequent deal.” It is a reasonable quantity for the 23-year-old, who’s within the midst of a profession yr.
Ball is averaging a career-high 14.2 factors, 4.2 rebounds and 5.6 assists per recreation whereas taking pictures 42.5% from the sector and 38.5% from deep.
Per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Philadelphia 76ers are amongst a number of suitors for the California native. The Sixers may up their pursuit of Ball in the event that they miss out on Toronto Raptors veteran Kyle Lowry.
The Los Angeles Clippers, Denver Nuggets and New York Knicks have additionally been linked to Ball. Nonetheless, there’s additionally a robust chance he stays with the Pelicans.
Ball matches nicely with Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram, so it is exhausting to see New Orleans parting methods with him except they get one thing strong in return. But when the Pelicans fail to commerce him, they are going to nonetheless retain matching rights to any free agent contract he indicators throughout free company.
LaVar Ball additionally desires his son out of New Orleans, so its attainable he makes use of all his leverage to make it tough for the Pelicans to retain him.