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Lonzo Ball doesn’t rule out staying in New Orleans

Lonzo Ball doesn’t rule out staying in New Orleans

New Orleans Pelicans player Lonzo Ball has been hearing for many months how his name is linked to numerous rumors about an imminent change of scenery. In fact, this has been the case since he entered the NBA in 2017.

Now, for the first time, the eldest Ball could have some power of decision to decide his next destiny. Although not entirely, as he will become a restricted free agent this summer.

The Pelicans will be able to match any offer Ball signs with another team, without closing the door to a possible sign-and-trade with another franchise. Lonzo has already been linked to franchises like the Knicks, Bulls and 76ers, though all of them may have to stay with it.

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In an appearance before the media on Monday, the point guard said he would not mind staying with the Pelicans under a new contract. “It is something that my agent and I will have to discuss. But obviously I would love to stay here, ”Lonzo acknowledged. “I have built a bond with the coaches and the teammates. I wouldn’t mind continuing here at all. “

Among the costumes is a very important defender of its continuity: Zion Williamson. The star and main future value of the franchise has indicated that he would like to continue playing alongside Ball. “It would be great. I would like it to continue here. He knows. He will make the decision that is best for him but all I can say is that I hope he stays. “

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Ball has finished the season with career highs in scoring (14.6) and hitting triples (37.8%). However, his role as director was losing relevance in favor of an increasingly active Zion Williamson in directing tasks. Thus, Lonzo admitted that his role was gradually transforming into a more inappropriate one according to his characteristics: that of 3-and-D.

“My shooting improved at every level on the court,” continued Ball. “That has been the main thing for me this year. I have had a different role. More of a 3-and-D. I think I fit in quite well. I am a basketball player and I will do my best whatever the coach wants from me. Overall it has been a solid season. ”

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Thus, where perhaps the real differences between one part and the other may reside is in the economic section. Two months ago, the ESPN medium reported that the Pelicans would not be willing to match any offer that exceeds 18 million per year, while the initial maximum that the player could aspire to is 28 million. And if the money prevails over the wishes of the player, it is possible that next year we will see him wearing another shirt. (GG) (NBA Maniacs)

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