NBA rumors: Lonzo Ball available?

Feb. 6: most players who signed free-agent contracts in the offseason can begin to be traded. A team that is expected to be prominent in the trade market picture, rival teams expect: The New Orleans Pelicans. The franchise is off to an uneven 5-10 start to the season. New Orleans has been receiving calls about the availability of Lonzo Ball and JJ Redick and has shown an openness to discussing trades around both with interested teams, sources tell The Athletic. A move would create a clearer pathway for young guards Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Kira Lewis in the Pelicans’ rotation.

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The Van Gundy hire could be a signal that moving on from veterans such as Holiday or JJ Redick isn’t in the plans. Based on Redick’s previous comments about his former coach in Orlando, I wouldn’t expect him to find a new home anytime soon.
Tommy Beer: On @SportsCenter, Woj says the Pelicans have “really pulled back in trade talks among all their players.” Woj adds that the Pels want to make a serious playoff push and see how Jrue Holiday and JJ Redick play alongside Zion before considering making any sort of move... pic.twitter.com/WJlQ6d3m0u
There’s already a lot of noise about whether he would like to remove himself from New Orleans if things go south, but that’s the last thing on his mind. “I am totally 100 percent happy with the decision I made last summer and I wouldn’t change anything, even if I had the chance to go back,” Redick said. “I want to see this thing through.”
For now, Griffin has given the same message across the league: He wants to continue to compete — and Holiday and veterans JJ Redick and Derrick Favors are part of his plan.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, teams are monitoring whether or not the Pelicans will make Jrue Holiday and JJ Redick available in the midst of their 6-21 start to the season: “Jrue Holiday has loved being in New Orleans. He’s embraced that town, but he’s at a point in his career, too, where he’s not going to be interested in a rebuild. It’s becoming that, so I think you’re going to see a lot of the league here wanting to see Jrue Holiday, JJ Redick — who signed a two-year deal. There’s not a contender in the league who wouldn’t love to get JJ Redick on their roster. So I think [teams will] watch how this plays out in New Orleans between now and the first of the year, ’cause most of the teams are watching to see if they can get at some of those guys.”
Another player who could hit the trade market is JJ Redick, and he has both the playoff experience and the outside shooting talent to help a contender. And if the Pelicans, seemingly headed for a high pick in the lottery, do decide to gain a young asset as they wade through this lost season, the Nuggets should at least consider the possibility of adding his talents to an offense that has struggled to produce from 3-point range this season.
Steve Kyler: Unclear. Everyone speculating on what a deal would be built around if core Clippers not involved. Was told Doc not keen on moving Redick twitter.com/JasonFletcher2…
Sources say that the Knicks, for their part, ‎are reluctant to absorb the three years and $42 million left on Crawford's contract after this season, which has led to the hunt for a third team that might be interested in Crawford. The Clippers, meanwhile, are hesistant to surrender the sharpshooting Redick even if they were at full strength in the backcourt, sources said.
With the Knicks known to think very favorably of 24-year-old Clippers guard Austin Rivers (career-high 11.9 points per game this season), and with various combinations of trade scenarios known to include other players like veteran shooting guard J.J. Redick (who will be a free agent this summer) and super sixth man Jamal Crawford(who signed a three-year, $42 million deal last summer), it seems clear that the Knicks’ interest level in parting ways with Anthony is growing by the day.
While all options will be discussed, the Clippers are expected to a highlight a scenario in which Durant would sign a deal to play alongside Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin. To make the most competitive offer possible, the Clippers would have to trade J.J. Redick, Paul Pierce and C.J. Wilcox and renounce the rights to first-round pick Brice Johnson and all of their own free agents. The Clippers could also discuss scenarios in which they trade one member of their “Big Three,” either to a team with cap space or to the Thunder in a sign-and-trade.
JJ Redick: "Hopefully I'm not gonna get traded... Not a great experience as a player."
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