Pelicans’ Lonzo Ball leaves Creative Arts Agency, could join Klutch next
New Orleans Pelicans point guard Lonzo Ball is switching representation once more, parting ways with the Creative Arts Agency on Thursday after less than a year. The 22-year-old playmaker is expected to sign with Rich Paul’s Klutch Sports Group, per Sam Amico of Sports Illustrated.
The first-year Pelican joined CAA in April last year and was represented by its former agent Leon Rose. The esteemed player agent, however, opted to take a job as President of Basketball Operations for the New York Knicks earlier this month. Rose’s departure likely played a major role in Ball’s decision to leave the group.
The 6-foot-6 UCLA-product was reportedly on the lookout for a new agent the moment Rose’s designation with the Knicks became official.
This will be Ball’s third agent in just three seasons in the NBA, as he was previously represented by Harrison Gaines during his rookie year with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Ball is known to have a good relationship with former teammate LeBron James and his good friend Rich Paul. Klutch Sports is also expected to sign Lonzo’s youngest brother LaMelo Ball, who is considered a lottery prospect for the upcoming draft.
Ball, who was picked second overall by the Lakers in 2017, is enjoying a career resurgence in his first season with the New Orleans Pelicans. Prior to the suspension of games due to the coronavirus pandemic, Ball was averaging 12.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, 7.0 assists, and 1.4 steals in 56 games.
He was also enjoying career-bests in shooting the ball, improving his field goal percentage to 41.2 percent and was draining 38.3 percent of his attempts from downtown.