Ball (ankle) -- along with Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and three first-round picks, including the No. 4 overall in 2019 Draft -- has been traded to the Pelicans in exchange for Anthony Davis, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. After spending his first two seasons in Los Angeles, Ball has been dealt to the Pelicans along with most of his young teammates. Though Ball's first two years have been underwhelming, a change of scenery could prove beneficial. Assuming the ankle injury that sidelined him for a large portion of 2018-19 proves to be a non-issue, Ball is the favorite to open the upcoming season as New Orleans' starting point guard, with Jrue Holiday occupying the other backcourt spot for the top unit.
Ball's ankle is "showing good progress," and the point guard expects to be back on the court in a couple of weeks, Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com reports. Ball was shut down in early March, though his final game of the season was Jan. 19 against the Rockets. Things seem to be going well in his recovery, and the anticipation is that he'll have essentially a full offseason to work on his game.
Ball (ankle) will be shut down for the remainder of the season, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. Ball and the team agreed on this course of action after Ball had his ankle re-evaluated Saturday. The focus now will be to get the point guard healthy for the offseason, as it would give him his first opportunity to have a full summer to work on his game as a pro. Overall, Ball has played just 99 games through two seasons, as a knee injury limited him last year. He'll end the 2018-19 campaign with lower box score stats across the board, but Ball did manage to increase both his field-goal and three-point percentages.
Ball (ankle) may not return this season, Bill Oram of The Athletic reports. Coach Luke Walton indicated that Ball is "not close" to returning to practice, and that the team would prefer the point guard practice for a week before participating in games. As a result, the goal may shift to getting Ball healthy so he can have a complete offseason to work on his game. We may learn more about Ball's situation for this season in the near future.
Ball (ankle) was spotted getting up shots during Tuesday's practice, but he wasn't jumping, Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN.com reports. While it's positive news that Ball is progressing, it remains to be seen when he'll be able to get back into game action. He's set to be re-evaluated within the next few days, at which point a timetable could become more clear.
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