New Orleans Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball told ESPN that he has signed with agent Rich Paul of Klutch Sports as he enters pivotal offseason. Agent Paul, who most notably represents three-time NBA champion Lebron James, is considered the biggest agent name in the NBA.
Ball previously had shorts stints with Creative Arts Agency and Roc Nation. "I wanted to lead my career," Ball told ESPN. "Picking my own representation -- just solely as my decision -- was step one in that process.
For me, it was an easy call, and it was the right time to make that call." Last offseason, Ball was traded to the Pelicans in a trade which sent Anthony Davis to the Lakers. Ball didn't perform especially well in his first season with the Pelicans and the team failed to reach the playoffs.
Ball wants to perform much better next season and help the team reach the postseason.
Ball aims the Most Improved Player award
"Once we get in the playoffs, we take it one game at a time," Ball said. "For myself, I think Most Improved Player is definitely something I can get next year."
There were rumors that Ball and his dad Lavar had some disputes. "We had a couple rumblings here and there, but everything got squared away," Ball said. "When your son gets older, they're going to butt heads with their dad, and that's what I did for about a year and a half.
But everything is cool now. "My dad put me in a position where I am comfortable making my own decisions now. I think coming into the league, he was very controlling of everything that was going on. But that was an 18-, 19-year-old kid.
But now I am 22 years old with my own family. Seeing how he watched over me and stuff -- it was time for him to finally let go of everything and watch me be my own man." LaMelo Ball is one of most interesting prospects of his generation and he could be a top-5 pick in the upcoming NBA draft.
In the 2017 NBA draft, Lonzo Ball was selected at No. 1 by the Lakers. "He's in the same spot I was four years ago," Ball said of LaMelo. "The only thing now is he is much more knowledgeable than I was. All the failures and negative stuff that I've been through, he's already seen it and already knows about it. He knows the answers to the test before he even went into the class."