Lonzo Ball speaks out on building with Pelicans amid trade rumors
The New Orleans Pelicans are in their first season under Stan Van Gundy and they haven’t had the success they’ve wanted thus far. Despite the ongoing trade rumors surrounding him, Lonzo Ball spoke about the Pelicans building chemistry this season, via Jim Eichenhofer.
Lonzo Ball on the improving chemistry among #Pelicans starting lineup: "We think we can play with anybody. This is our first year playing together and it's going to take some time, still. We're still working on a few things, but we are definitely moving in the right direction."
— Jim Eichenhofer (@Jim_Eichenhofer) February 7, 2021
Ahead of the 2020 season, the Pelicans acquired Eric Bledsoe and Steven Adams in separate trades. Both Bledsoe and Adams have joined the starting lineup, giving New Orleans a new-look lineup that needs time to get used to one another.
Following Saturday night’s victory over the Memphis Grizzlies, the Pelicans currently have a 10-12 record, which places them as the No. 12 seed in the competitive Western Conference. However, New Orleans has won five of their last seven games, including impressive wins over the Milwaukee Bucks, Phoenix Suns, and the Indiana Pacers.
Even though the Pelicans have experienced some recent success, there is uncertainty surrounding the future of some of their key backcourt members. Besides J.J. Redick and Bledsoe, Ball has now been mentioned as a possible trade candidate this season.
If the Pelicans do decide to move on from Ball in his second year with the organization, Ball would reportedly prefer to be dealt to the Chicago Bulls. With that being said, it remains to be seen if New Orleans fully commits to trading him at some point between now and the trade deadline next month.
The Pelicans are mostly a young roster that needs some time to get acclimated to each other on the court. While trade talks are beginning to occur outside of the locker room, Ball believes New Orleans is headed in the right direction.