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Lonzo Ball on why he joined the Chicago Bulls

MEMPHIS, TN - MAY 10: Lonzo Ball #2 of the New Orleans Pelicans looks on during the game against the Memphis Grizzlies on May 10, 2021 at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2021 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lonzo Ball has found himself a new home in Chicago. The former second overall pick in 2017 has long been connected to the Bulls before signing there. During this past season, reports suggested that the Pelicans may not have wanted to re-sign Ball long-term. Secondhandedly, Ball appeared to have desired a new start on his own terms. Speaking on why he decided to join the Chicago Bulls, the four-year veteran spoke directly.

�(The Bulls) were the team that stood out that really wanted me for me. I wanted to go somewhere I�m appreciated and can play my game. Chicago is the perfect place for that.�

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Ball also mentioned his connection to Zach LaVine as a reason why he had an interest in playing for Chicago. As they both attended UCLA for their respective collegiate careers, Ball referenced the relationship they’d develop through that.

“I first met Zach when I was getting recruited at UCLA. I used to watch him play all the time, sitting with my family in the recruitment section, he was a human highlight reel and that�s where the bond started, kept up communication to this day and now we�re teammates.”

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Chicago Bulls offseason

The Chicago Bulls have dealt with several issues regarding roster construction for a few years now. At the top of that list comes a need for a long-term solution at the point guard spot. Not since Derrick Rose did the team truly fill that void. The Bulls hope that Lonzo Ball can assume that role. His strong defensive performance and court vision should optimize the team’s overall effectiveness during play. This should key into their hunt for a playoff berth at the start of next season with any luck.

In the deal that brought Lonzo Ball to Chicago, the Bulls sent Garrett Temple, Tomas Satoransky, cash considerations, and a 2024 second-round draft pick to New Orleans. They pulled off another sign-and-trade deal with the San Antonio Spurs that netted them DeMar DeRozan. That trade saw Chicago bid a farewell to Thaddeus Young, Al-Farouq Aminu, two second-round picks (’22, ’25), and a future first-rounder. Their remaining transactions rounded out with the signing of NBA champion Alex Caruso.

Lauri Markkanen remains on the open market for now. But aside from that, the Bulls have their core set for next season. While a championship may remain in the distance, these moves should place the team firmly in the playoff mix moving forward.

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