Restricted free agent worth the Dallas Mavericks overpaying: 2. Lonzo Ball
Lonzo Ball continues to improve his game, but he is often viewed as underperforming. The weight from being the number two overall pick changes fan’s perceptions, and his father’s comments never help. Ball is a talented role player with several NBA skills, and teams will be eager to try to sign him away from the Pelicans this offseason.
The best is still yet to come from the 23-year-old guard. Last season, he averaged 14.6 points, 5.7 assists, 4.8 rebounds, and 1.5 steals in 31.8 minutes per game. Ball shot 41.4 percent from the field, 37.8 percent on his 3-point tries, and 78.1 percent from the charity stripe.
He would give the Mavs a secondary creator and ball-handler. Ball connected on 40.2 percent of his 323 catch and shoot threes last season. His skill set allows him to play on or off the ball. The Mavericks would be looking to help him take another step forward by improving his defense and shot selection.
Lonzo Ball developed fantastic chemistry with Zion Williamson. His constant improvement likely has the Pelicans interested in a reunion, but New Orleans does not want to go over the luxury tax line. Ball is worth overpaying for this summer because the best is yet to come from the 23-year-old.
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