Lonzo Ball has been the New Orleans Pelicans player mostly readily linked to the Boston Celtics in recent months. However, maybe it’s time Celtics faithful set the bar a bit higher.
Zion Williamson hasn’t personally (at least publically) voiced his displeasure with the New Orleans Pelicans organization. However, cracks in the relationship between the first-time All-Star and the organization that selected him first overall just two seasons ago may be coming to the surface.
For starters, the Pels have struggled to find the proper head honcho to help guide Williamson throughout the early stages of his budding superstardom. The team hasn’t finished better than 11th-place in the West since the forward’s arrival in 2019. Now, after parting ways with Stan Van Gundy after just one season on the job, Williamson is primed to play under his third coach in as many years since being drafted.
Furthermore, The Athletic’s Shams Charania, Joe Vardon and William Guillory recently reported that Williamson’s family has grown increasingly irritated with the organization’s handling of the 21-year-old star and their inability to surround him with the proper pieces to succeed.
If Williamson’s relationship with the Pelicans ultimately goes south, could the Celtics be waiting for the high-flying forward with open arms? With Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown each under contract through at least 2024, they have the talent to bury some of the Williamson family’s concerns and, as NBC Sports Boston’s Chris Forsberg highlighted, the financial flexibility to make such a deal happen.
Move over Damian Lillard and Bradley Beal, there’s a new star for Bostonians to fantasize about donning Celtics Green. With an approximate $11 million traded player exception at their disposal remaining from the Gordon Hayward deal, Forsberg mustered up a list of 10 targets the Celtics could “fetch on the trade market.”