Lonzo Ball, which became a fan favorite during his first two seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, ended up being one of the pieces that moved in the big-name exchange that brought Anthony Davis to the Pelicans. New Orleans. Ball moved along with Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and multiple draft picks.
As a constant reminder, the NBA is a business and no one was more familiar with that concept than Ball.
Before the exchange, Ball was in a legal battle with his former mentor and Big Baller Brand consultant, Alan Foster. Those things like this that almost made the Lakers fans happy when he was traded. Not because they did not like Ball, but because this would be the perfect opportunity for me to start over with a young and exciting team.
This is similar to how Ball himself felt about the deal, saying he was "excited" with the trade and that he was happy that he felt comfortable with the people who were going to the pelicans with him, according to Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN:
"I was a little excited, honestly," Ball told ESPN his first reaction to the change, after filming on Saturday for the PUBG Mobile Team Up Superstar Showdown event. "I figured someone was going to move in. I knew Anthony Davis wanted to come in. Every time you can get a guy like that, you'll have to do what you have to do to get him." So I was already waiting, honestly, and I was happy to go with two guys with whom I feel comfortable in BI [Brandon Ingram] and JHart [Josh Hart]. I'm excited to see what we can do.
After Foster's situation, Ball probably understood better the commercial aspect of all this. Probably, this is why he says he reacted better to the exchange now than he would have if his rookie year had happened:
"I tell people that when I was a rookie, I probably would have been sad," Ball said of their exchange. "I'm just from L.A., having all my family here and wanting to be a Laker. But being in the league for two years, knowing that it's a business, as long as you play, that's a blessing in itself. I'm excited to start. "
Ball seems to have matured infinitely very early in his career. And it's something that will probably help him stay in the NBA, beyond his incredible talent.
Lakers fans will obviously miss Ball, but he and everyone else in this situation understands why the Lakers had to make this deal, and it will be fascinating to see how his career in New Orleans develops.