Lonzo Ball has weighed in on being traded.
The 21-year-old guard — along with Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three first-round picks — was sent from the Lakers to the Pelicans earlier this month in exchange for Anthony Davis. Ball discussed the deal in a video shared on social media.
“You probably heard the news, it’s good news in my opinion,” Ball said in the video. “(Younger brother) ’Melo had a game today, he did good. ... I got traded, that was good. And yeah, now we’re going to be taking the show to New Orleans and turning up out there. So, until next time, ciao.”
Lonzo Ball is happy he was traded. pic.twitter.com/uNX5YelRJJ— The Render (@TheRenderNBA) June 24, 2019
Ball struggled with an ankle injury and was limited to just 47 games last season. He averaged 9.9 points and 5.4 assists while shooting 32.9% from 3-point range.
Ball was originally selected by the Lakers out of UCLA with the No. 2 pick in the 2017 draft.
Hart also addressed the deal in a social media post one day earlier.
"I want to thank the Laker organization, Jeanie Buss & Magic Johnson for taking a chance on me & believing in me,” Hart wrote. “To my teammates thank you for teaching me how to play & grow in this league. To the fans....THANK YOU! Thank you for embracing me and for supporting me through all the ups and downs! One of the best fan bases in the league. It was a dream come true to wear the purple and gold! It’s always love on this side but now N.O 'Let’s dance.'"
...through all the ups and downs! One of the best fan bases in the league. It was a dream come true to wear the purple and gold! It’s always love on this side but now N.O. “Let’s dance”— Josh Hart (@joshhart) June 22, 2019
The Pelicans underwent a major roster overhaul this month. In addition to the Davis deal, they selected Zion Williamson with the top pick in the 2019 draft.
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They also added Jaxson Hayes, Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Marcos Louzada Silva in the draft, as well.