• Lonzo Ball has been struggling for the Pelicans
  • Pelicans may look for future assets in exhange for Ball
  • Ball could play better with another team

The New Orleans Pelicans snapped their 12-game losing streak after defeating the Minnesota Timberwolves, 107-99, last Dec. 18. They could make it back-to-back wins with another win against the spiraling Golden State Warriors. However, it remains that changes need to be done somewhere moving forward.

In a previous post, Jrue Holiday was singled out as a player that could be traded to other teams soon. The same holds true for Josh Hart since he is a promising player that could shine elsewhere. But what about Lonzo Ball? Touted as one of the promising young guards ever to set foot in the NBA, the second overall pick of the 2017 NBA Draft has been struggling. As of this writing, he is averaging just 10.0 points, 4.7 rebounds and 5.5 assists.

Like Holiday and Hart, there is a fair chance that Ball may draw interest from other NBA teams. He has shown some improvement in his shooting but remains a far cry from who he was when he was still with the Los Angeles Lakers. New Orleans may not be thinking about it now, especially with Hart on the injured list. But what happens when the Pelicans have all their guards on deck?

For the right offer, Ball could be dealt away to any team. Brian Windhorst of ESPN gave his take on this possibility on The Hoop Collective podcast recently. With a 7-22 mark, critics feel that all players could be traded away except for Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson. Aside from the players, head coach Alvin Gentry's job is also not secure.

Turning things around at this point looks daunting for the Pelicans. Unless they find ways to win and compete at a different level, it may be best to look forward and start collecting assets. Teams who are interested in Ball may dangle some young players and future picks to New Orleans. If the offer is decent, it won't come as a surprise if Ball is let go. Hopefully, as well, it would help the 6-foot-6 guard reboot himself and play for a team where he is truly fit.

Lonzo Ball
Lonzo Ball is keeping an open mind, aware his rise in the NBA may happen outside the Los Angeles Lakers. Lonzo Ball #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona, Oct. 24, 2018. The Lakers defeated the Suns 131-113. Getty Images/Christian Petersen