Mike Conley To Stay in Utah, Lonzo Ball Signs Chicago Bulls at $85 Million for 4 Years

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Mike Conley To Stay in Utah, Lonzo Ball Signs Chicago Bulls at $85 Million for 4 Years

After NBA free agency started at 6 p.m. ET on Monday, Lonzo Ball signed an offer sheet with the Chicago Bulls for a four-year, $85 million contract, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic According to Charania, Tomas Satoransky, Garrett Temple, and a second-round draught selection will be sent to the Pelicans as part of the transaction.

In his fourth NBA season, the Pelicans’ former No. 2 overall draught selection averaged 14.6 points (on 41/38/78 shooting splits), 5.7 assists, 4.8 rebounds, and 2.1 steals and blocks combined in 31.8 minutes across 55 games. He was a vital member of the New Orleans team, playing with Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram.

Ball was hailed as a terrific facilitator with excellent vision in the open court, but he struggled to shoot from distance when he first entered the NBA. The Los Angeles Lakers’ first assessment of Ball was that he was an overhyped talent, and he was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans in the Anthony Davis trade.

Ball had two head coaches in his first two seasons in New Orleans. Both teams were unable to score a playoff goal. Despite this, Ball has improved significantly as a 3-point shooter (37.6% on 7.2 tries per game over the previous two years) and defender when called upon. His emphasis is still to create for others, which makes the 23-year-old point guard a sought-after contributor amid players whose primary duty is to score. (NBA)

In the months leading up to Ball’s free agency, a number of potential sign-and-trade scenarios were in the works. The Chicago Bulls were generally touted as being the team’s top choice for a trade partner. Additionally, the Boston Celtics and Indiana Pacers were reportedly interested. Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks are also interested in point guards.

Deals of August 2

►In two days, the New Orleans Pelicans must match the Chicago Bulls’ offer sheet for point guard Lonzo Ball, who has signed a four-year, $85 million contract.

►USA TODAY Sports has learned that Miami restricted free agent guard Duncan Robinson has agreed to a five-year, $90 million contract extension.

►Times Read Sports has learned that restricted free agent center Jarrett Allen has agreed to sign a five-year, $100 million contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers. A rim-protecting big who can also pick and roll and improve his offensive game is acquired by the Cavaliers. Averaging 12.8 points, 10 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game, Allen had an outstanding season in 2017.

►Will Barton has agreed to a two-year, $32 million agreement with the Denver Nuggets, according to two sources familiar with the situation. The Nuggets considered keeping Barton their top priority this offseason. During his seven years with the team, Barton was a reliable scorer and defender. The Nuggets will be desperate for Barton’s help to compensate for the loss of point guard Jamal Murray, who is out indefinitely due to a ruptured ACL in his left knee.

►Conley signed a three-year, $72.5 million agreement with the Utah Jazz, according to a source familiar with the details. As far as the Jazz were concerned, keeping Conley was their top goal in the offseason. In spite of Conley’s hamstring issue, the Jazz are certain he’ll be totally fit next season.

►The Indiana Pacers have signed guard T.J. McConnell to a four-year, $35 million contract, according to the indiana star.

►Detroit Pistons forward-center Kelly Olynk intends to sign a three-year, $37 million contract.

►Nerlens Noels has agreed to a three-year, $32 million contract with the New York Knicks.

►Alec Burks committed to a three-year, $30 million agreement with the Knicks.

►Payne will return to the Suns on a three-year, $19 million contract.


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