One of them happened to be New Orleans Pelicans point guard Lonzo Ball.
As we know now, the Pelicans never struck a deal to move on from Ball. As the Pelicans look to begin a new regime as they’ve already fired head coach Stan Van Gundy after one season, they’re also expected to move on from Ball once and for all.
According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the Pelicans are “Unlikely to match a significant offer sheet on Ball.” Considering Ball is viewed as one of the NBA’s top free agents this summer, he’s expected to get a lot of interest, which will drive his price up and more than likely leave the Pelicans looking to replace him rather than retain him.
This past season, Ball started in a career-high of 55 games for the Pelicans.