The NBA Trade Deadline is approaching on Thursday at 3 p.m. ET. There have been plenty of rumors and news surrounding some of the top players who could be moved before the buzzer. New Orleans Pelicans PG Lonzo Ball has been reported as one player who could be traded, reportedly seeking around $20 million annually on his next deal. Below is the latest news update for Ball heading into the deadline.
Lonzo Ball NBA Trade Deadline updates
UPDATE: ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Thursday afternoon that Lonzo Ball will not be traded by the Pelicans. It does not surprise to see Ball traded because he will be a restricted free agent. The two sides will try again in the offseason to come to an agreement this offseason.
The curious case of where Lonzo Ball could land next will likely have an answer by Thursday at 3 p.m. ET. The 23-year-old point guard is currently scheduled to be a restricted free agent this offseason.
Over the last few weeks, we’ve heard that the New York Knicks, Atlanta Hawks, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Clippers, Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets have all had some level of interest in the former No. 2 overall pick. Ian Bagley of SNY.tv reported on Tuesday that the Knicks were still keeping an eye on the price it would take to trade for Ball.
Along those same lines, Mike Mazzeo of Forbes reported that the Knicks had been trying to find a third team to take Eric Bledsoe’s contract in a potential trade for Ball. The Knicks do not necessarily need Ball with the emergence of rookie Immanuel Quickley. But if they only have to give up a first-round pick plus another player, it might be worth a gamble since New York is reportedly on Ball’s free agency radar.
As for the Sixers, Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Tuesday night that the team has shown interest in Ball. For Philadelphia, they might be able to get by with trading a first-round pick, rookie Tyrese Maxey, and filler players to make a deal happen.
Lastly, the Chicago Bulls seem like a dark horse to acquire Ball, but according to Woj, they are a team to watch out for. The Bulls could use another playmaker in the backcourt to go along with Zach LaVine and Coby White coming off the bench. Chicago is another team that can afford to give up a first-round pick, especially with their playoff aspirations. And they also have a player on the trade block in Lauri Markannen, who will be a restricted free agent at the end of this season.