The Bulls are still looking for the point guard of the future. Chicago has struggled to find an option at the position since Derrick Rose left the team after the 2016-17 season.
Since then, the Bulls have tried a myriad of options at point guard. Kris Dunn, Cameron Payne, Ryan Arcidiacono, Coby White and Tomas Satoransky have tried to fill the void. So far, the team has been unsuccessful in doing so.
As such, the Bulls are looking to target a proven free agent to try to improve the position. The team is considering giving Pelicans point guard Lonzo Ball a hefty offer, reports Bleacher’s Jake Fisher Report.
For the Bulls, there is believed to be a mutual interest with Lonzo Ball in a four-year contract worth more than $ 80 million. If the Pelicans don’t give up on the ball, that deal would have to come through an offer sheet, which New Orleans would have the option to match.
Restricted free agents must be signed to offer sheets, so the Pelicans would have the ability to match any deal Ball reaches with another team. However, this price can be prohibitive for New Orleans, especially if the Pelicans continue to participate in the Kyle Lowry draft.
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Ball would certainly give the Bulls a proven option with great all-round ability. He averaged 14.6 points, 5.7 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game last year in New Orleans. He’s not the best shooter, but he’s coming off a career-high 41.4 percent from the field and a 37.8 percent mark from beyond the arc. He will have to keep moving forward if the Bulls award him a contract worth $ 20 million a year. Ball doesn’t turn 24 until October, so he still has plenty of time to further improve his marksmanship.
If New Orleans decides to stick with Ball, the Bulls have a family backup plan in mind. According to Fisher, “there is a mutual interest between Derrick Rose” and the Bulls after his strong season with the Knicks. The 32-year-old Rose averaged 14.9 points, 4.2 assists and 2.9 rebounds in 26.8 minutes per game in 35 appearances for New York last year. He shot 48.7 percent from the field and a career-best 41.1 percent from 3-point range.
While Ball would be a long-term option, Rose would be an interim starter who could help guide White and replace him as he returns from a shoulder injury. However, Rose himself has struggled with injuries throughout his career, so in addition to his age, he would make it cheaper than Ball.
Regardless of what the Bulls do, they seem to be in the market for help at point guard. Don’t be surprised to see them land one of the largest fish in the pond as a result.