A lot of teams were interested in signing or trading for Lonzo Ball in the NBA offseason, but only the Bulls closed the deal. We saw how he dramatically resurrected his career with the New Orleans Pelicans. He has shown versatility, confidence, determination, and some serious improvement every year. He averaged 14.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 5.7 assists while shooting 41.4 percent from the field last season.
The Pelicans had every right to match any offer made towards Ball since he was a restricted free agent. However, they chose not to match the offer sheet the Chicago Bulls made.
Instead, they agreed on a sign-and-trade deal that got them Tomas Satoransky, Garrett Temple, and a future second-round pick.
Satoransky is a downgrade compared to the players that the Pelicans were rumored to be chasing. The Pelicans entered the offseason with one goal in mind: try to win now by surrounding young superstar Zion Williamson with all the talent they can get and this certainly does not help.
Here are some of the players that they could have gotten in a Lonzo Ball sign-and-trade deal:
Before heading to the Phoenix Suns, The Houston Rockets traded Chris Paul to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Russell Westbrook. OKC were never seen as a team that could make the playoffs but CP3 had other plans in mind.
Paul helped the Thunder clinch the fifth seed in a tough Western Conference as he averaged 17.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, 6.7 assists, and 1.6 steals in his lone season in Oklahoma.
After his stint with the Thunder, he took on the challenge to lead a young Phoenix Suns squad that were obviously missing a leader as they just could not get over the Playoff hump. He was often praised by youngsters Devin Booker and DeAndre Ayton about how big of an impact he is at this point of their careers.