Here we go again! According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, the New Orleans Pelicans may not match an offer sheet over $20 million for Lonzo Ball. While the New York Knicks made a light push for Ball at the NBA trade deadline, the Chicago Bulls were the more active suitor, reportedly making a big push to acquire Ball with Pelicans GM David Griffin.
Lonzo Ball is currently enjoying his best shooting season since entering the NBA. He ranks in the NBA’s top 15 in three-pointers made per game at 3.1 while shooting 38%. Ball is averaging 14.5 PPG, 4.2 RPG, and 5.7 APG in 31 minutes per game. His wing defense and above-average playmaking would greatly benefit the Bulls, who are in dire need of a point guard.
Tomas Satoransky and Coby White have underwhelmed in their starts at the position this year. This lack of effective play at the point guard position has forced Zach LaVine to pull double duty. LaVine is often tasked with initiating the offense and aligning his teammates into their sets, all while trying to be the Bulls’ leading scorer. Outside of Lavine’s contributions and those of newly acquired All-Star center Nikola Vucevic, there hasn’t been much to rave about on the stat sheet in Chicago.
Adding Lonzo Ball to a core of LaVine and Vucevic would certainly help the Bulls become a more fluent offense. However, the Bulls do have to watch out for the New York Knicks, who are also reportedly interested in Ball’s services. Derrick Rose and Elfrid Payton are set to come off the books for the Knicks next year and they will undoubedtly search for point guard help with that financial flexibility.
Both the Bulls and the Knicks will have the cap space to put in an offer sheet for Lonzo Ball, but it will ultimately come down to what destination he chooses. Even then, the Pelicans could still decide to match the offer sheet.