Lonzo Ball will be a free agent at the end of this season and could be looking to New York as his next destination.
Marc Berman of the New York Post reported on Wednesday that New Orleans Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball will have the New York Knicks “heavily” on his radar this summer. Ball will become a restricted free agent after the season. Berman also notes that Ball is high on Knicks president Leon Rose’s list.
New Orleans didn’t give Ball a rookie contract extension by the December deadline. Ball will be looking for a lot of money this summer, and the Pelicans property is historically not in the business of dealing with the luxury tax.
The Knicks, who will have plenty of cap room, need an upgrade at point guard. They have a current rotation of Derrick Rose, Elfrid Payton and Frank Ntilikina, all of whom will be free agents after the season. Rookie Immanuel Quickley has been a bright spot for them, but he’s more of a combined point guard. If Ball finds himself calling Madison Square Garden his home, he will become an instant hit and attraction on Broadway.