All signs point to the New Orleans Pelicans not bringing Lonzo Ball back and it seems we have a front runner for his services.
Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes said during NBA TV’s free agency special on Saturday that the Chicago Bulls are expected to sign Ball. Haynes added that ball will only land elsewhere if there is a major “hiccup,” according to Mark Schanowski of ABC-7 in Chicago.
Ball averaged 14.6 points, 5.7 assists, and 4.8 rebounds per game with the Pelicans that season. The Pelicans could still keep up with any supply the ball gets, but at the price that ball can charge in the open market, it’s unlikely
Bull’s salary cap range depends on whether Zach LaVine is being extended with a max or near max deal. LaVine is eligible for an extension this off-season but is still under contract for an additional year.
The Bulls have the option of creating enough space to potentially sign ball and extend LaVine, but it would require a waiver or waiver and stretch of several players. If the Bulls are able to sign ball and get it into their backcourt, it shouldn’t be a reason the team won’t make it to the playoffs next season.