New Orleans Pelicans: What is Lonzo Ball’s future role and position?

Lonzo Ball #2 of the New Orleans Pelicans (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
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New Orleans Pelicans: If he’s not a fit, should the Pels trade Lonzo Ball?

I think there are strong arguments for Lonzo as a point guard or as a wing, but the argument I don’t get is the people who think the Pels should trade Lonzo Ball for bench depth.

Whether you think he is a point guard, wing or both (my choice), he is currently the Pels’ best perimeter defender and makes a lot of winning plays, as he did with his game-ending defensive play against Indiana.

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He has not even come close to his ceiling yet, so trading him now would be selling low on a guy who could be the third best player on a good team. I would prefer the Pels keep Lonzo, see how the season turns out and then make him a reasonable offer on a contract extension that is somewhere near the max but not quite.

Lonzo Ball is going to be at the center of arguments about the New Orleans Pelicans as long as there is disagreement about what he is and what he can be.

I’d like Lonzo to carve out a unique role and position for himself that is some type of hybrid wing who can make plays but doesn’t always need the ball in his hands to do it.

The Pels have some unique talent that might be hard to make work but they should try to figure it out or risk losing some of that talent for nothing.

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