A day after The Post reported Lonzo Ball would have the Knicks on his radar as a restricted free agent, LaVar Ball joined the fray and said he’d like to see his son traded before the March 25 deadline because It doesn’t fit in New Orleans.
“I do not know what [the Pelicans] let’s do. However, I hope they have changed it, ”the controversial father said on Los Angeles radio on Thursday. “I don’t like to see the way he is playing. … You can’t stay in New Orleans. Come on man.”
Ball said his ever-improving son doesn’t fit in with the talent there and isn’t being used properly as a playmaker. The Pelicans have to decide whether to trade Ball before the deadline, with the possibility that he will receive another offer too rich for his blood in the offseason.
The Post reported in Thursday’s editions that Knicks president Leon Rose, his former agent, has Ball high on his list. The Knicks lack first pass point guards.
“Lonzo has always been a playmaker,” said Ball’s elder. “Why are you trying to turn him into a defensive specialist to stay in the corner and shoot 3s? And you’re trying to change Zion [Williamson] and Brandon Ingram, who throughout their careers have never been playmakers? They are scorers. Now you want to put the ball in his hand? Come on man.
“[Williamson and Ingram] went to Duke and they weren’t creators of games. So now you’re in the league, are you a playmaker? Go score the ball and do what you do. “
ESPN’s Bobby Marks told The Post that he didn’t think the Pelicans would match an offer of more than $ 18 million per year. Historically, the Pelicans were wary of the implications of luxury taxes and recruited point guard Kira Lewis in the lottery.
The Pelicans are coached by Stan Van Gundy, a close friend of Tom Thibodeau.