KEY POINTS

  • The Chicago Bulls are planning to sign Lonzo Ball to a four-year, $80 million deal
  • Joining the Bulls makes all the sense for Ball
  • The Boston Celtics are also in the running for his services

After the playoffs and the NBA Finals itself, there is nothing more exciting for hoop fans than the offseason.

All the juiciest rumors, potential trades, and free-agent signings make it one of the biggest online spectacles for NBA fans as reporters try to beat out each other to tweeting out the latest news.

One of the teams who are looking to make a splash during this year’s summer iteration of "F5 Season" is the Chicago Bulls.

The Bulls have missed the playoffs for four consecutive seasons now, and their last playoff run ended to a screeching halt after falling in six games to the first-seeded Boston Celtics.

They’ve since struggled to win since then, but a trade deadline deal for All-Star center Nikola Vucevic and forward Al-Farouq Aminu from the Orlando Magic indicates that things will be changing at the United Center.

They rounded out the season with a starting five of Vucevic, Daniel Theis (whom they acquired in another trade deadline move), Patrick Williams, All-Star Zach LaVine and Coby White.

However, the Bulls are also linked to Lonzo Ball of the New Orleans Pelicans as the ball club is reportedly going all-in on Kyle Lowry.

The eldest of the Ball brothers has also been linked to the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks, but the Bulls are the most consistent name to come out.

It is believed that the Bulls are prepared to offer Ball a massive four-year, $80 million contract for his services, and it’s a move that will greatly benefit the team moving forward.

A move for Ball would be great for the team as pairing him with LaVine takes off the playmaking duties from him and allows him to focus on getting buckets, while Vucevic will be the recipient of many pick-and-roll plays.

White is entering his third year in the league, but a “significant shoulder injury” that he suffered during “basketball activities away from the team” makes Ball a great signing.

As White whips his body into NBA shape and focusing on improving his health moving forward, Ball can be his point guard mentor in the coming seasons.

Of course, the Bulls aren’t alone in chasing for Ball as Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report reports that the Celtics could also be in pursuit of the restricted free agent this year.

For Bulls fans, signing Ball would be a dream come true as they get more talent whose overall basketball skills are improving every year.

With a shot at a playoff berth getting even clearer, they wil need to improve on their bench depth as well.

Selecting Ayo Dosunmu with the 38th pick in this year’s NBA Draft is considered a steal by many as he was projected to go late in the first round.

New front office guys in Artūras Karnišovas and Marc Eversley will look to improve the Bulls roster in free agency.

With their big-splash trade for Vucevic, the pair have a ton of moves in their mind.