“We’re open-minded to the landscape of the league,” was all Paul was offered when Haynes asked if the Pelicans were still an option.
Ball will be a restricted free agent. A report from Shams Charania of The Athletic indicated the Pelicans are unlikely to match a “significant” offer from a opposing team. Ball has already been linked to the Bulls, Knicks and a few others.
“We’re open-minded. In free agency, we all understand what that is in this landscape of business,” Paul told Haynes. “He’s a really good young player with the ability to become a great player. And so I think there’s a lot of interests there. We’re open-minded. The phone lines will definitely be open come free agency. At the end of the day, we’ll look to make the best deal.”
Ball, 23, is coming off his best season, averaging 14.6 points and shooting 38 percent on 3-pointers. He also passed for 5.7 assists per game and compiled 4.8 rebounds.
Per Luke Adams of Hoops Rumors, Ball could be looking at a deal in four-year, $85 million range, similar to those received by the Pacers’ Malcolm Brogdon and Raptors’ Fred VanVleet. “Ball would be doing well to land a contract that matches or exceeds those deals,” Adams wrote.