Lonzo Ball is set to become a free agent this offseason. At the moment, there are a lot of signs that he will ultimately end up playing elsewhere come next year.
First and foremost, Lonzo’s dad LaVar absolutely hates the Pelicans. He has been very vocal about it. But beyond that, despite Lonzo saying all the right things about wanting to remain in New Orleans, there has simply been too much noise about him going elsewhere.
At least one team has its sights set on signing both him and Dennis Schroder this summer, and there were two teams that made a serious push to acquire him before the trade deadline.
Between the Pelicans’ seemingly lukewarm desire to retain Lonzo and other teams’ growing interest in bringing him onboard, the writing seems to be on the wall.
That said – there is at least one Pelicans star who wants Lonzo to stay in New Orleans.
That star? Zion Williamson.
“It’d be dope,” Williamson said of Lonzo continuing to play alongside him and Brandon Ingram, per Jacob Rude of USA TODAY Sports. “I think me, Brandon and Zo, the three of us, we have a great relationship. I really would want Zo to come back and he knows that.”
Of course, Williamson pledges to support Lonzo either way.
“But like I said, the reality of the situation is, Zo’s a grown man so he’s going to make the decision that’s best for him,” he continued.
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— Game 7 (@game7__) May 13, 2021
“The only thing I can say is I hope he stays.”
Despite missing 17 games for the Pelicans this year, Lonzo averaged 14.6 points and 5.7 assists per night. Offensively, this was objectively the most productive season of his career.
Will he ultimately opt to return to New Orleans and continue building something special alongside Williamson and Ingram? Time will tell.