Michael Pellissier details how Lonzo Ball's ability to find players at the rim will be of paramount importance this year.
October 9, 2019, 11:25 pmLonzo BallPG, New Orleans Pelicans
Lonzo Ball scored two points with nine assists in the Pelicans' 127-125 win over Bulls on Wednesday.
Ball was 1-of-5 from the field and 0-of-3 from deep but did add four rebounds and four steals in 18 minutes. Ball's connection with Zion looked great tonight and they were leading the fast break a lot in this win. The efficiency will be a problem for Ball, but he should be a target in middle rounds of drafts since he will be the point guard on this fast-paced Pelicans team.
October 9, 2019, 11:40 amLonzo BallPG, New Orleans Pelicans
Lonzo Ball arrived in training camp with some revamped mechanics on his jump shot, which finally looks a lot more fluid and natural.
“When I got back from rehabbing, just focusing on my jump shot… it got tweaked a little bit. Just a lot of work, a lot of repetition, trying to get it ready before the season." Lonzo added that he worked on his shot with coach Fred Vinson and the hope is that he could see a dramatic increase in his 3-point percentage after averaging a mere 31.5 percent during his first two seasons. The biggest change thought will have to come at the free-throw line, where he shot a disastrous 41.7 percent last season, leading to him being hesitant to seek contact and to get to the free throw line. The change of scenery has worked in his favor so far and it remains to be seen whether the new form will have more success than the old one.
Source: Mason Ginsberg on Twitter
October 7, 2019, 10:07 pmLonzo BallPG, New Orleans Pelicans
Lonzo Ball scored nine points on 3-of-10 shooting while adding three 3-pointers, five rebounds, seven assists and a block against the Hawks on Monday.
Ball was trigger happy whenever he caught the ball at the 3-point line which is a good sign for fantasy owners. Ball shot 3-for-6 from deep before missing his last two and fantasy GMs shouldn't expect an uptick in efficiency from him. He's been given the keys as the point guard in a fast-paced offense which means there's potential for a volume increase which is what you're really hoping for if you're selecting him on draft day.
September 17, 2019, 11:25 pmLonzo BallPG, New Orleans Pelicans
According to Andrew Lopez, Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram have been full participants in voluntary team workouts.
It's great news for the two former number two picks as they enter their age-22 seasons with a fresh start. Neither Ball nor Ingram has played in 60 games in either of the past two seasons due to injuries. Ingram has never cracked the top 110/170 (8-cat/9-cat), but he could easily beat that in New Orleans with a quick tempo and new role. Ball had a top 60/85 finish in his rookie season, so there's definitely upside here. Lonzo does have a very wide range of possible outcomes, so draft him only if you're feeling risky.
Source: Andrew Lopez on Twitter
July 16, 2019, 5:33 pmLonzo BallPG, New Orleans Pelicans
Speaking to the media on Tuesday, Lonzo Ball (left ankle) said he'll be ready to go in "a week or two."
Ball missed the final 35 games of the season because of a Grade 3 left ankle sprain and bone bruise that he suffered in January. Last season also started off slowly as a preseason groin injury cost him a chance to open the year as a starter, and he was forced into sharing point guard work with Rajon Rondo and LeBron James when healthy. A fresh start in New Orleans, where Ball can play an up-tempo game as a franchise building block, should do him wonders. There's some injury risk here considering he's logged only 99 games through two seasons, but Ball's stat set — even with the poor efficiency — could support middle-round numbers. It sounds as though he'll be good to go for training camp.
Source: Andrew Lopez on Twitter
July 6, 2019, 11:14 pmLonzo BallPG, New Orleans Pelicans
Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart are now officially Pelicans after the announcement of the completion of the Anthony Davis trade on Saturday.
Ball is expected to slide into the starting point guard role, while Ingram and Hart will need to find spots in the Pelicans' rotation. All three players were stuck in a late-round value rut in L.A., so hopefully a change in scenery do them wonders.
Source: Tania Ganguli on Twitter
June 15, 2019, 6:37 pmLonzo BallG, New Orleans Pelicans
Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that Lonzo Ball will be headed to the Pelicans as part of the Anthony Davis trade.
Ball will be joined by Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three first-round picks. There were reports last season that the Ball camp doesn't feel New Orleans is the best basketball fit for his career, though a pairing of Ball and Jrue Holiday would provide elite defense. With Ball presumably headed to a roster that will actually build around him rather than make him a role player, it's possible that he turns in a big bounce-back fantasy season. His health looms over everything, but a healthy Ball in a featured role could still deliver on all his pre-draft hype.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
May 21, 2019, 9:37 amLonzo BallG, Los Angeles Lakers
K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune is reporting that the Bulls will spend the summer seeking a starting-caliber point guard and that could mean exploring a trade for Lonzo Ball.
Mike Conley might also be in play but it’s unknown if the Bulls have any interest in him and his age suggests that he would be looking to join a contender rather than a young Chicago squad. The report suggests that Kris Dunn’s trade value is low to nonexistent, so a direct trade with the Lakers centered on Dunn and the No. 7 pick doesn’t seem feasible. However, the Bulls could be in position to facilitate a three-team deal in which the Lakers acquire Anthony Davis from the Pelicans.
Source: Chicago Tribune
April 12, 2019, 4:15 pmLonzo BallG, Los Angeles Lakers
According to Shams Charania at The Athletic, the Lakers prevented Lonzo Ball from undergoing an unauthorized surgery on his ankle in February.
Per the report, Ball traveled to Ohio in late February to get a procedure on his injured ankle. Ball contacted GM Rob Pelinka who informed him that the team would not approve the procedure and that it could potentially void his contract if Ball went through with it. Ball was cajoled into returning to Los Angeles and owner Jeanie Buss sent a private plane out to bring him back. The Lakers never fail with the drama and there's likely to be a lot more before next season.
Source: The Athletic
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