Lonzo Ball, New Orleans Pelicans fail to reach agreement on contract extension
The New Orleans Pelicans and Lonzo Ball haven't agreed on an extension, Klutch Sports' Rich Paul told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski on Monday. According to Wojnarowski, the pelicans and the ball “remain positive in terms of the ability to move forward together”.
Like teammate Brandon Ingram last year, Ball will now start the season with a limited free agency in the coming off-season. It doesn't necessarily mean the end of Ball's time in New Orleans as Ingram has obviously returned to the franchise, but it does add some uncertainty.
In the past year, Ball changed its representation twice and switched from the agency for creative artists to RocNation Sports. The agency officially announced the signing with Lonzo, LaMelo and LiAngelo in June. Almost exactly three months later, Ball moved to Klutch Sports and Rich Paul.
Ball had a breakout season with the Pelicans having two subpar seasons in Los Angeles. After drastically changing his knight in his brief off-season, Ball saw significant improvements in his three-point shooting, which was associated with a rate of 37.5% in 6.3 tries per game.
As impressive as his season was, Ball ended his campaign sourly with a bad result in the bubble. In his seven games in Orlando, he averaged 7.1 points and shot just 28.1% of three.
This preseason, however, Ball looked like a changed player and praised not only head coach Stan Van Gundy but his teammates as well. Ultimately, however, that didn't affect the situation enough as Ball and the Pelicans will move forward without a long-term deal.
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