Where Lonzo Ball ends up at the conclusion of this offseason is anyone’s guess at this point. The New Orleans Pelicans guard is set to be a restricted free agent and could draw quite the offer sheet from another team.

It’s already been reported that the Pelicans are unlikely to match any huge offer sheet given to Ball but now, there’s even more insight that makes it unlikely that Ball returns to New Orleans.

According to Bleacher Report, when executive vice president David Griffin was conducting interviews for their head coaching vacancy, he had discussed other plans not involving Ball moving forward for the Pelicans.

Griffin had specific ideas to fill out the coach’s entire assistant group, envisioning Bucks assistant Charles Lee as the associate head coach, plus a starting backcourt of Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Kira Lewis.

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These were said to have been discussions that occurred between Griffin and Nets assistant Jacque Vaughn when he was being interviewed for the spot before ultimately removing his name.

It’s fascinating that Griffin was already discussing plans under the assumption that Ball wouldn’t be with the Pelicans going forward.

While it’s likely Ball will get a hefty payday, what’s still unknown is who will be offering the dynamic guard that offer sheet. The Pelicans guard has drastically improved both his free-throw shooting and three-point shooting over the last couple of seasons and has developed into a fairly good shooter from beyond the arc.

The chess match has already begun in New Orleans and now more than ever it seems as though Lonzo Ball won’t be wearing a Pelicans uniform next year.