Report: C's expected to show interest in Lonzo Ball


The Boston Celtics appear to be in on the Lonzo Ball sweepstakes.

During Thursday's 2021 NBA Draft, The Athletic's Shams Charania reported the C's are among teams expected to show interest in the New Orleans Pelicans point guard in free agency.

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"The one thing to monitor over the next couple weeks will be the free agency of Lonzo Ball," Charania said. "He's going to be, most likely, a restricted free agent. The Pelicans are pursuing higher-level point guards, but Lonzo Ball himself has a very strong market.

"Chicago, we all know about their interest going back to the trade deadline. But I'm told two more teams that have shown interest in Ball: Boston, Toronto. ... There is significant interest in Lonzo Ball with a deal that could rise upwards of $21 million or $22 million a year."

Ball could be a nice fit for Boston alongside stars Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. The 23-year-old averaged 14.6 points and 5.7 assists per game with New Orleans last season. As our Chris Forsberg recently explained, however, acquiring Ball is unlikely given the team's financial hurdles. 

Following last month's Kemba Walker trade, Marcus Smart and Payton Pritchard are atop the Celtics' point guard depth chart.