LaMelo Ball Trade The Brooklyn Nets Must Consider

I believe the Brooklyn Nets should try to acquire LaMelo Ball from the Charlotte Hornets.
Mar 11, 2022; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball (2) reacts after a three point shot against the New Orleans Pelicans during the second quarter at Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Wevers-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 11, 2022; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball (2) reacts after a three point shot against the New Orleans Pelicans during the second quarter at Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Wevers-USA TODAY Sports / Andrew Wevers-USA TODAY Sports

LaMelo Ball is coming off another year where he dealt with injuries and only appeared in 22 games.

That said, he was still fantastic when he was on the floor and finished the regular season with averages of 23.9 points, 5.1 rebounds, 8.0 assists and 1.8 steals per contest while shooting 43.3% from the field and 35.5% from the three-point range.

Ball will have a massive contract extension kick in next year that will pay him over $35 million annually until the 2028-29 season.

Jan 19, 2024; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA;  Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball (1) reacts after scoring during the second half against the San Antonio Spurs at the Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 19, 2024; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball (1) reacts after scoring during the second half against the San Antonio Spurs at the Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports / Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

The Hornets are coming off a season where they were the 13th seed in the Eastern Confernece with a 21-61 record.

They missed the NBA playoffs for the eighth straight season.

I believe the Brooklyn Nets should make an offer for Ball that the Hornets cannot refuse.

The Hornets do not look like they will be a playoff team next year, and Ball's injury history is concerning.

That said, the Nets are in need of a player that can help make them relevant and co-star alongside Mikal Bridges.

Mar 9, 2024; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA;  Brooklyn Nets forward Mikal Bridges (1) shoots for a three point shot against the Charlotte Hornets during the second quarter at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Cory Knowlton-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 9, 2024; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Mikal Bridges (1) shoots for a three point shot against the Charlotte Hornets during the second quarter at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Cory Knowlton-USA TODAY Sports / Cory Knowlton-USA TODAY Sports

The Nets have the expiring contract of Ben Simmons, which would make the salaries work.

In addition, they have a lot of first-round picks they could put together as part of a significant package.

Cam Thomas, Cameron Johnson, Dennis Schroder, Noah Clowney and Dariq Whitehead would be other players to entice Charlotte.

Mar 1, 2024; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball practices before a game against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 1, 2024; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball practices before a game against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports / Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

While this hypothetical trade is unlikely to happen, I believe the Nets should make a real effort to land Ball (or another player of his caliber) this summer.


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Ben Stinar is the NBA reporter for Fastbreak on FanNation.