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LaMelo Ball is about to enter the final year of his four-year, $35 million rookie contract with the Charlotte Hornets.

The team has not made playoffs in either of the three years that the 21-year-old point guard has been on the roster.

Ball says that he loves playing for the Hornets, but winning is important when deciding about his future.


“I love it here,” said Ball, who is from California. “I can’t really tell the future. We’ll just see how it goes and go from there.” As for Clifford’s comments about it being critical for the Hornets to start winning to keep him here, Ball replied: “For sure. The main thing is winning. Life if better when you win.”

This year Ball averaged 23.3 points, 6.4 rebounds and 8.4 assists in 35.2 minutes per game.

For the second time in three years his season was cut short by injuries. He played just 35 regular season games this season.