Pelicans’ Lonzo Ball looked “checked out” in NBA restart

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NBA insiders reportedly questioned the willingness and intensity of New Orleans Pelicans’ Lonzo Ball during the team’s “seeding games” in Orlando.

“People down in Orlando tell me Lonzo Ball looked like he’d checked out the whole time the Pels were there, and that they expect some significant roster adjustments in New Orleans before next season,” David Aldridge of The Athletic reported.

The way the restart was setup, it was widely thought that the Pelicans were primed to make the playoffs in the Western Conference.

That didn’t quite happen.

The Pelicans have lost five of their first seven games in Orlando and were eliminated from playoff contention on Aug. 9.

In those seven games so far, Ball has averaged 7.1 points, 5.0 rebounds and 6.6 assists per game.

Recently, Ball was open about his struggles in the “bubble.”

“I feel like I let the team down,” Ball said. “I know I’m a big part of it. Usually when I play well, we win. Obviously, I didn’t play well this trip. We’re going home early, and I have to live with that.”

The Pelicans have a solid core of players that features Ball, Brandon Ingram, Jrue Holiday and Zion Williamson, but Aldridge’s reports suggests that possible changes are coming in the future.

Whether that means Ball could be on the move again after already being dealt once in his career, remains unclear.