Zion Williamson #1 of the New Orleans Pelicans and Lonzo Ball #2 of the New Orleans Pelicans (Picture by Sean Gardner/Getty Pictures)
The New Orleans Pelicans didn’t commerce Lonzo Ball, which was not utterly shocking.
I predicted this commerce deadline could be a quiet one for the Pelicans for a number of causes, largely that the marketplace for Eric Bledsoe by no means developed and that the Pels weren’t going to simply accept a lowball provide for Lonzo Ball.
Each crew from the Bulls to the Clippers had been rumored to have curiosity in Ball, however the Pelicans by no means gave any indication that they got here near buying and selling him.
Lonzo Ball will likely be a Pelican for the remainder of the season, however what’s going to occur when the season is over?
Not re-signing Lonzo within the offseason after which failing to commerce him carries some threat, as he’s a restricted free agent, however the Pels nonetheless have choices.
New Orleans Pelicans: The Pelicans can re-sign Lonzo Ball
The obvious possibility is simply to re-sign Lonzo Ball to a max, or near-max deal on the finish of the season.
The Pels maintain Lonzo’s Chook Rights, to allow them to provide yet another yr than another suitor, which is able to give them some benefit out there for his companies.
The Pelicans should have some concept of what it’ll take to retain him and have to be snug with that quantity, in any other case we nearly actually would have seen him traded earlier than the deadline.
Is Lonzo Ball price $20 million a season? That’s doubtless what it will take to retain him as a result of some crew just like the Bulls goes to return with a giant poison-pill provide that the Pels must match.
The New Orleans Pelicans will likely be within the driver’s seat relating to re-signing Lonzo Ball however they nonetheless have another choices if the 2 sides can not come to an settlement on a contract.