KEY POINTS

  • The Indiana Pacers have Lonzo Ball on their wish list this summer
  • The Pacers may address playmaking woes if they manage to sign Ball
  • Ball is set to become a free agent in the coming days

The future of Lonzo Ball should get more clarity in the coming days once he officially becomes a free agent.

The New Orleans Pelicans may not exert much effort to keep him, suggesting that the second-overall pick of the 2017 NBA Draft is more likely to suit up with a new team.

One team that has reportedly considered the 23-year-old guard is the Indiana Pacers.

According to the Indy Star, the name of Ball was in discussion two weeks ago. If a trade were to go down, it would include Malcolm Brogdon.

However, the report added that it was not clear how deep or serious the discussions were for the 6-foot-6 guard.

Getting a point guard is seen as one of the things the Pacers need to get back on track.

After a good 2019-20 run, things just did not pan out last NBA season. Adding a playmaker would help rising stars such as Domantas Sabonis upfront. It seems Ball is a sensible choice.

Ball has become a person of interest by multiple NBA teams, including his former club–the Los Angeles Lakers. He averaged 14.6 points, 5.7 assists, and 4.8 rebounds in 55 games for the Pelicans last season.

However, it was his improved three-point shooting (37.8%) that most took notice of.

Aside from the Lakers and Pacers, other teams could look into acquiring the California native.

As mentioned in a previous report, these teams include the Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks, Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors.

Lonzo Ball #2 of the New Orleans Pelicans looks to pass against Cameron Payne #15 of the Phoenix Suns Lonzo Ball #2 of the New Orleans Pelicans looks to pass against Cameron Payne #15 of the Phoenix Suns Photo: Getty Images | Christian Petersen

As far as staying on with the Pelicans, the latest update from Eric Pincus of The Bleacher Report is that the marriage is over.

Even though Ball mentioned he would love to return to New Orleans, it appears the Pels are not inclined to match any huge offers for the former top pick.