Second-year New Orleans Pelican Point Guard, Lonzo Ball, has had his name passed around recently as we are approaching the trade deadline. Here are the best Lonzo Ball trade destinations for 2021.
Ball, the 2nd pick in the 2017 draft out of UCLA, has moved around from the Lakers to Pelicans and may go to another team in just his fourth year in the league.
Although he hasn’t performed as most people have expected, Ball still brings a lot of value to a team. Here are three potential Lonzo Ball trade destinations.
Lonzo Ball Trade Destinations:
Trade Destination 1: Chicago Bulls
The Chicago Bulls are one of the youngest teams in the league. At 9-14, 12th place in the East, the Bulls clearly need to make a move to do some damage this season. Paring Lonzo with Zach LaVine in the backcourt would provide a spark to the Bulls on the defensive end moving forward.
However, Ball has proved he doesn’t need the offense to run through him in order to be effective. Although he got off to a rather slow start this season, Ball has played very well in his past few games. He has looked much better shooting the three-ball. Chicago would love to have another player that could knock down threes for them.
Assuming Lonzo gets traded to the Bulls and LaVine stays long term, Ball (23) and Lavine (25) could be a dynamic duo in years to come. The young core in Chicago containing fourth overall pick Patrick Williams, Coby White, and Lauri Markkanen will be a team to look out for in the future.
Personally, I think Lonzo Ball would fit right in with the Chicago system. The Bulls seem to be the front-runner to trade for Ball at the deadline. That’s why I have the Bulls headlining the Lonzo Ball trade destinations.
Trade Destination 2: Los Angeles Clippers
The problem for the Clippers this year is the lack of a pure point guard and floor general. Trading for Lonzo Ball solves both of these problems. Obviously, Paul George and Kawhi Leonard are the main ball-handlers for the Clippers, but adding a player like Lonzo allows him to facilitate the offense leading to better opportunities for the two stars in Los Angeles.
In a tough Western Conference, the Clippers may struggle without this so called “floor general” they don’t currently have. Lonzo brings a lot to the table. He has progressed as a finisher, shooter, great defender, and always been a great playmaker. Ball on the Clippers just makes sense, as he would potentially be a great fit for a team attempting to make another playoff run.
Although the Bulls seem to be the favorites to land Ball, whichever team he ends up on will most likely be a good fit for the fourth year point guard.
Lonzo Could Stay with the Pelicans
Although his name is being discussed in these trade rumors, that doesn’t mean Ball is guaranteed to get traded. In fact, his availability might be questioned based on recent play. The Pelicans are currently on a four-game win streak, and Lonzo is averaging almost 18 points over those last four shooting over 50 percent from three.
Although it may seem obvious, Lonzo being a reliable third option for the Pelicans will lead to many wins down the stretch as the Pelicans search for a playoff spot, something they failed to do last year.
With the deadline approaching at the end of March, it isn’t a surprise to see Lonzo Ball’s name in trade talks. Like I mentioned, he brings so much to the table so many teams want him to contribute to either their future or deep playoff runs.
Although Lonzo could very likely stay with the Pelicans as they have been heating up down the stretch, it will be interesting to what happens as March approaches. With that being said, the Bulls and Clippers could very well be potential Lonzo Ball trade destinations.
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