RUMOR: Pelicans’ Lonzo Ball eyeing Bulls as preferred destination
Lonzo Ball has seen his name involved in trade rumors recently and there appears to be a preferred landing spot for the two-way guard. If the New Orleans Pelicans do decide to trade Ball soon, then Ball would prefer to be sent to the Chicago Bulls, per The Action Network’s Matt Moore.
The Pelicans haven’t gotten off to the start they envisioned having in their first year under Stan Van Gundy. Through their first 22 games, New Orleans has a 10-12 record, which is good enough for the 12th seed in the Western Conference.
Due to the team’s early struggles, multiple players — mostly their backcourt — have been rumored in trade discussions in recent weeks. The likes of J.J. Redick, Eric Bledsoe, and Ball have all had their names mentioned as possible players who could be headed elsewhere soon.
Ball, who’s in his second season with the Pelicans, is having a career-best scoring season thus far. The UCLA product is currently averaging a career-high 13.4 points while he’s recording career-lows in rebounds (4.3) and assists (4.6) per game. But those numbers don’t exactly reflect pristine play on the court, as the chemistry between players hasn’t always been fluid.
It’s clear that the Pelicans are non-committal to keeping Ball as part of their future due to his inconsistent role on the team. But if Ball is made available, there would be a handful of teams willing to acquire the playmaking point guard.
The Bulls seem to be Ball’s favorite destination, but it remains to be seen if Chicago is interested in making a deal for him. Maybe pairing Ball with Zach LaVine is exactly what the Bulls need to provide a spark to their defense moving forward.