Lonzo Ball Changes Agents Again, Signs With Klutch

As he prepares to enter his fourth season as an NBA player, Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball will be represented by a fourth different agent since entering the league. Ball has signed with Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, he tells Malika Andrews of ESPN.

The second overall pick in the 2017 draft, Ball was initially represented by family friend Harrison Gaines. After deciding to part ways with Gaines in April 2019, the former UCLA star joined CAA, then signed with Roc Nation in June 2020. Roc Nation announced on June 15 that Lonzo and brothers LaMelo Ball and LiAngelo Ball had joined the agency, so Lonzo’s stint at Roc Nation apparently lasted less than three months.

Ball’s latest change in representation comes ahead of a crucial offseason, as he’ll become eligible for a rookie scale extension for the first time once the 2020/21 league year begins. If Ball and the Pelicans don’t reach an agreement before next season starts, he’ll become a restricted free agent during the 2021 offseason.

Paul often opts to take top clients to free agency rather than agreeing to early extensions, so the Pelicans probably shouldn’t expect to sign Ball to a team-friendly contract in the coming months. The 22-year-old also sounds motivated to boost his stock during the 2020/21 season, suggesting to Andrews that he hopes to follow in the footsteps of teammate Brandon Ingram.

“For myself, I think Most Improved Player is definitely something I can get next year,” Ball told ESPN.

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12 thoughts on “Lonzo Ball Changes Agents Again, Signs With Klutch

  1. hiflew

    “For myself, I think Most Improved Player is definitely something I can get next year,”

    That is true of every player in the league. Man, this family…at last the last one is coming now. As soon as he bombs out, we might never have to hear about the Ball family again.

  2. natsfan3437

    So your agent is the reason you have a awful shot and have less emotion than a chair.

    • tjbarnaba

      You follow the NBA recently? He shot 38% from three point range… James Harden shot 36%…. it isn’t 2017, the “Lonzo Ball can’t shoot” narrative went out the window

      • thedimitriinla

        This guy was the second overall pick in the draft. By any measure he has so far been a total bust.

        The fact that he is with his fourth agency in such a short period of time is also worthy of consideration. There is a good likelihood that this guy is picking up in his father‘s footsteps — demanding the best in compensation for having essentially done little to nothing.

  3. OCTraveler

    Maybe it’s not the agent who can’t communicate with the client … maybe Lavar needs to help

    • Unfortunately dude I think Alonzo Mourning is a little old to come out of retirement. I assume that is who you are referring to and not Lonzo

  4. KnickerbockerAl

    Lonzo is a 2way player. Always needed on any team. The guy is 22. Slow the roll of the bandwagon. NO should trade Jrue and let Lonzo play. Otherwise he probably leaves.

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