After an at times impressive season in New Orleans, Lonzo Ball is poised to be one of top point guard on the NBA free-agent market this summer. While the 23-year-old is still a restricted free agent, meaning the Pelicans have the right to match any contract offer he agrees to, plenty of other teams will show interest in the potential franchise point guard.
With career highs being set in a number of crucial offensive categories, let's take a look at the most likely teams to possibly sign Ball this offseason.
3. New Orleans Pelicans
As mentioned above, the Pelicans ultimately hold the rights to Ball's future. Ball is free to negotiate and agree to a contract with any team, but once he does that, the Pelicans then have the right to match that contract. While this might not seem likely, unless the contract is over the top, it wouldn't be crazy to see the Pelicans match the deal and try to turn Lonzo into an asset next season instead of losing him for nothing. Ball did play great alongside Zion Williamson and with both of them on the relatively same timeline, New Orleans could see value in that long-term pairing after all.
2. New York Knicks
The Knicks are still searching for a franchise point guard and the mutual interest between these two sides has been known for months. Lonzo wants to be in a big market, and the Knicks want a starting point guard in line with their young core's age. While the Knicks have promising rookie Immanuel Quickley and exciting new signing Luca Vildoza, Ball could still be at the top of their wish list this offseason. The Knicks are currently projected to have more cap space this offseason than any team in the league and you could spend it on much worse things than a 23-year-old budding star point guard, even if they have faith in their current players.
1. Chicago Bulls
The Bulls are in a similar spot to the Knicks. They, too, are searching for a franchise point guard and there is also some rumored mutual interest there. Coby White has shown his talents, but it's clear he's not the true franchise point guard the team needs. The Bulls gave up a ton of draft capital at the trade deadline to land Nikola Vucevic from the Magic (including their 2021 first-round pick), so trying to fix the position through the draft isn't a viable option. But the Bulls should have the cap space to make it happen in free agency, and Ball could be the perfect fit.
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