NBA Trade Rumors: Knicks, Mavericks & Clippers All Targeting Former Lakers Star

Published 01/20/2021, 1:09 PM EST
Jan 13, 2021; New York, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets center DeAndre Jordan (6) and New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (23) take the opening tip-off during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Lonzo Ball went as the #2 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, but hasn’t quite lived up to the hype yet. He was expected to fit in seamlessly with the pros, but a tinge of inconsistency and constant injury concerns have now turned him into a trade asset, and Ball is expected to leave the New Orleans Pelicans and join the New York Knicks or some other team.


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Lonzo Ball arrived in New Orleans in 2019, after he was included in the trade package that sent Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Ball averaged 10 points and shot just 38% from the field in 2 seasons with the Lakers, and he was expected to pick up his game upon joining the Pelicans. 


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Lonzo Ball to leave New Orleans Pelicans?

Lonzo just had 1 season with the Pelicans, and there are already rumors flying around that the point guard will soon leave the franchise.

The news caught fire when Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson published a tweet that hinted at multiple teams’ interest in acquiring Lonzo.

Looking at the teams that are in contention, all of them could do well with a player of Lonzo’s talent. The UCLA alum is yet to make the leap in his career, and one of these teams might give him the platform to announce his arrival on the big stage. 

Dec 18, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball (2) talks to head coach Stan Van Gundy in the first quarter of their game against the Milwaukee Bucks at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

So far, Lonzo is only averaging 11.9 points and 4.4 assists through 10 games in the regular season. Right now, the 23-year-old is competing to retain his spot against Nickeil Alexander-Walker, who is a sophomore guard on the team. 

Hence, the Pelicans might force a move to send Lonzo out of the team in return for a couple of assets. The point guard can certainly fit in wherever he goes, but it is a matter of gaining confidence if he joins a new team.

Will Lonzo Ball sign with the New York Knicks?

Robinson has named the New York Knicks, LA Clippers, Toronto Raptors, Dallas Mavericks, and Orlando Magic as the possible contenders to sign Lonzo from the Pelicans. This is quite a list of teams to choose from, but as a player, Lonzo Ball would fit in well with the Knicks. 

The New York Knicks got off to a bright start to their 2021 campaign, but they’re struggling to sustain their winning form at the moment. The Knicks have got Elfrid Payton as their #1 point guard, and he’s not putting up impressive numbers at the moment. 


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The Knicks might consider bringing in Lonzo to improve their movement. The former Laker is a good facilitator and there’s a chance that he’ll adjust his perimeter shooting upon arriving in New York. 

Lonzo Ball to the Knicks would be a good fit indeed. Moreover, the Knicks can further improve their roster by requesting another decent shooter from New Orleans.

If the rumors about the Pelicans’ position on Lonzo are true, then New York looks to be the ideal destination for the promising point guard. 


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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.