One of the big storylines everyone couldn’t stop talking about ahead of last week’s NBA Trade Deadline was whether the New Orleans Pelicans would trade Lonzo Ball.
As many as five teams reached out regarding possibly getting a deal done, only for nothing to actually materialize.
This week, Ball finally addressed the media regarding almost getting moved.
His reaction was refreshingly honest.
“It was definitely in my mind. I was prepared for anything. I know a lot of people were calling,” Ball said. “But ultimately, what happened was supposed to happen and I’m where I’m supposed to be at.”
Ball genuinely likes his current situation.
“I’m just comfortable here,” he continued. “I also love playing with [Zion Williamson] and [Brandon Ingram]. We have a lot of young guys. I think we can be good in the time coming.”
There was a time earlier this year where it looked like a trade was inevitable. It even got to the point where Ball made it clear the one team he hoped to be dealt to.
But then the trajectory of the 23-year-old’s season changed.
Now we know. https://t.co/giybknFbu8
— Game 7 (@game7__) March 29, 2021
In addition to being the high-level defender he has consistently been over the past couple of years, he also put it together offensively.
Currently Ball is averaging a career-best 14.2 points per game while shooting 42.5 percent from the field and 38.5 percent from 3-point range.
Will the Pelicans ultimately reward him with a big deal in the offseason? Time will tell.