According to Shams Charania, should Los Angeles and New Orleans advance in trade talks, Lonzo Ball’s camp prefer to see him go somewhere that ”doesn’t have an established point guard”.
A few teams come to mind that can use Ball’s services: The Chicago Bulls, Orlando Magic, and the Phoenix Suns.
On any of the three teams, Ball will be the best option at point guard and can make an immediate impact on both ends of the floor.
Phoenix would make the most sense for Ball. They currently own the fourth youngest team in the NBA and offer a much smaller market than the Lakers. This should ease the pressure that the young guard faces during his tenure in L.A.
He’s proven that he could play alongside anyone and does what’s needed and asked of him. A relocation would suit Ball best while he continues to develop his game.
Of the three mentioned franchises, the Suns have the best roster suitable for Ball’s skill set. A lineup consisting of Lonzo Ball, Devin Booker, Mikal Bridges, (Insert 2019 first round pick) and DeAndre Ayton. Booker and Ayton would be the obvious beneficiaries as they would finally have a point guard who can dish out the ball when needed.
Securing Ball will complete one of Phoenix’s many tasks: a solid foundation for the future and to attract free agents. Let’s not forget the Suns are currently the worst team in the NBA and have a great shot of landing Duke phenomenon in Zion Williamson.
Phoenix should be patient with the roster if they land Ball. Given the young age of the roster, you’d want to allow them to mesh, especially in a deep Western Conference.
Josh Jackson is still a question mark. He lacks consistency and the shooting that would be needed to space out the floor for everyone to work in. Barring any offers from interested teams, coach Igor Kokoškov should mix and match the lineups while he tries to find a perfect fit.
Booker’s game will elevate with someone who possesses Ball’s skill set. We’ve seen the workload weigh on Booker from time to time on both ends of the floor. With the assets accumulating for the past few seasons, its time the Suns make a move that can speed up the process of their rebuild.
The future will shine a whole lot brighter with Ball in the fold. It’s your move Phoenix.