Bulls Are Currently the "Most Likely Landing Spot" for Lonzo Ball

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Bulls Are Currently the “Most Likely Landing Spot” for Lonzo Ball

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Slowly but surely, the Chicago Bulls have been increasingly linked to New Orleans Pelicans point guard Lonzo Ball.

According to the sources of Action Network’s Matt Moore, there are a handful of reasons why a partnership between the Bulls and Ball could come to fruition.

“Multiple league sources told Action Network that Chicago is (currently) the most likely landing spot for Ball. That’s based on multiple factors, including the preference of both Ball and his agent, Rich Paul, Chicago’s interest in making a roster move and the Pelicans’ openness to discussions.”

Uh … wow.

So this is definitely the most concrete report we’ve seen thus far about Ball possibly landing in Chicago. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst was the most recent to connect the two, grouping Chicago in with the Golden State Warriors as a place where he believed Ball could make sense. Before Windhorst, there was Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson, who said the Bulls had interest alongside five other teams. But, again, neither of those provided the important information we see above, which is (1) that the Bulls are apparently interested in making a roster move and (2) that Ball prefers to end up in Chicago if a trade went down.

Now, I do think it’s worth mentioning that I haven’t seen this report gain a lot of traction over the past couple of days. I don’t say that to dismiss anything Moore has reported, but rather to point out an apparent lack of momentum on this particular deal. Sometimes, when reports are this detailed/specific, you see that snowball effect with corroborating rumors and updates as things crescendo, but it appears we’re still dealing with a slow build on these Ball-to-the-Bulls rumors for now.

Still, a potential roster move – of any kind – is a big deal for this team given the context. It forces us to wonder if Arturas Karnisovas and Marc Eversley have made it past the “evaluation” period of their new roster? And more specifically, if the interest is in a player like Ball, it could tell us that they are growing uneasy with what they are seeing out of the Coby White point guard experiment.

If the Bulls were to trade for Ball, though, they would have to feel confident that he can improve his play and be worth a longer-term investment. Just like the Bulls with Lauri Markkanen, the Pelicans did not reach an extension with Ball this offseason. So the 23-year-old point guard will hit restricted free agency this summer. In other words, the Bulls will have to re-sign him in a handful of months if they want him to stick around, and another team may try to run up the asking price with contract sheets of their own.

I’ll be very curious to keep my eye on this rumor in the coming weeks, especially since we did also learn this weekend, thanks to Joe Cowley of The Chicago Sun-Times, that Thaddeus Young has emerged as a trade target for teams across the league. If the Bulls were to scoop up a young player with Ball’s potential in exchange, I think that should be considered a solid return. At the same time, I’m just not sure the Pelicans would be one of those teams interested in Young.


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Author: Elias Schuster

Elias Schuster is the Lead Bulls Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @Schuster_Elias.