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Blazers’ Kent Bazemore expects Lonzo Ball to ‘really do his thing’ with the Pelicans

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Portland Trail Blazers small forward Kent Bazemore expects point guard Lonzo Ball to play well with the New Orleans Pelicans next season.

The Pelicans acquired Ball, Josh Hart and Brandon Ingram from the Los Angeles Lakers in the Anthony Davis trade. Bazemore, who changed teams this summer as well, believes having the new blood in New Orleans will pay dividends down the line.

“I think New Orleans had a really good offseason as far as getting some fresh blood in there,” Bazemore said on the most recent episode of the Winging It podcast. “Because I think Lonzo, he’s going to really do his thing down there.”

Lonzo Ball has career averages of 10.0 points, 6.2 rebounds and 6.4 assists in 99 games. The 21-year-old is already an elite perimeter defender, but he’s going to have to become a better shooter on the Pelicans if he wants to help New Orleans become a playoff team in the rugged Western Conference.

Ball is shooting just 38.0 percent from the field, 31.5 percent from beyond the arc and 43.7 percent from the free-throw line in his first two seasons in the league.

The Pelicans can’t wait to see Ball and Jrue Holiday play together. The two guards are going to wreck havoc on opposing guards in 2019-20. Some even believe New Orleans can make the playoffs next season with their revamped roster.