The reason Lonzo Ball trade didn’t happen, according to Pelicans GM David Griffin
Despite the fact that a move away from the New Orleans Pelicans for Lonzo Ball picked up a lot of steam prior to the trade deadline, the 23-year-old will remain to be a Pelican for the remainder of the season.
New Orleans general manager David Griffin has opened up about Ball’s botched move, expressing how the Pelicans hold no regret over the same:
“We went into the trade deadline believing that continuity was the best thing for us,” Griffin said, via Scott Kushner of nola.com. “Continuing that growth and maturation process. Having said that, if we could’ve done something to significantly upgrade the team, we would’ve done that. I think we were very aggressively looking to do that.”
According to Griffin, he liked how his team has been shaping up as they face the prospect of making a run for the playoffs in the second half of the season. Right now, New Orleans is on the outside looking in, but if they are able to string a few wins together then they will be in contention for a postseason spot in what has become a wide-open race in the Western Conference.
Ball has played a significant role for the Pelicans so far this season, and Griffin is more than happy to keep the 6-foot-6 point guard in New Orleans the rest of the way. However, it is worth noting that Ball is currently on an expiring deal so unless he opts to sign an extension with the team, he could very well walk away from the Pelicans come the offseason.