Bulls, Clippers reportedly among teams interested in Pelicans’ Lonzo Ball


The New Orleans Pelicans seem able to let Lonzo Ball stroll in restricted free company this offseason. 

Based on Stadium’s Shams Charania, the Pelicans won’t match any vital supply sheet that comes Ball’s means this summer time. The Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Clippers are among the many groups within the level guard, Charania provides. 

Shifting Ball this summer time would doubtless not make famous person Zion Williamson too joyful. The 21-year-old referred to Ball throughout exit interviews as a generational expertise. Brandon Ingram added that he “actually wished” Ball to return subsequent season.

Earlier experiences indicated the Pelicans wouldn’t supply Ball greater than $18 million yearly, however the California native’s market might doubtlessly be within the $20 million per yr vary.

Chicago has been closely linked to Ball during the last a number of months. In the course of the season, the Pelicans and Bulls even held commerce discussions main as much as the deadline that by no means materialized into something critical. Nonetheless, Chicago’s curiosity stays, and the Bulls have sufficient cap house to make a deal occur. 

Los Angeles additionally expressed curiosity in Ball on the commerce deadline however was unable to place collectively a proposal that the Pelicans. In an effort to signal Ball, the Clippers would wish to work a sign-and-trade as a result of they don’t have sufficient cap house to signal him in free company. 

Ball had one of the best season of his profession through the 2020-21 marketing campaign, averaging a career-high 14.6 factors, 4.8 rebounds and 5.7 assists per recreation whereas capturing 41.4% from the sphere and 37.8% from deep. 


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