NBA free agency tracker 2021: Chris Paul to re-sign with Suns; Kyle Lowry to join Heat; Bulls land Lonzo Ball

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Who did the Bulls trade for Lonzo ball?

Lonzo Ball has agreed to a four-year, $85 million deal with the Chicago Bulls, CEO of Klutch Sports Rich Paul tells @TheAthletic @Stadium. According to Charania, the Bulls will send Tomas Satoransky, Garrett Temple and a second round pick to the Pelicans in exchange for Ball's rights. NBC ChicagoBulls Reportedly Agree to Sign-and-Trade Deal for Pelicans Guard Lonzo Ball

NBA championships are won in June (or July ... or August), but the foundation is laid almost a year prior during the free agency period. We just saw how offseason signings like Bobby Portis and Jae Crowder helped shape the postseason, and those are the types of moves that teams started to make on Monday, when they were officially allowed to negotiate with players.

The biggest names to go off the board so far have been Chris Paul -- who will reportedly return to the Phoenix Suns -- and Kyle Lowry, who will reportedly become a member of the Miami Heat in a sign-and-trade with the Toronto Raptors. Lowry appeared to confirm the decision via Twitter:

Another coveted point guard, Lonzo Ball, will reportedly join Zach LaVine in the Bulls backcourt in another sign-and-trade deal involving Chicago and the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Los Angeles Lakers haven't come to terms with any superstars in free agency after trading for Russell Westbrook, but they added key veteran role players like Trevor Ariza and Wayne Ellington, while bringing back Dwight Howard for a third stint to help bolster their attack around LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

We'll continue to update this post throughout the offseason as decisions are made, so be sure to keep checking back to see how your favorite team is shaping up for the 2021-22 season. Also, don't put much stock in the rankings outside the top 20 or so, since beyond that it largely depends on what a specific team is looking for.

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NBA free agency tracker 2021: Chris Paul returning to Suns; Kyle Lowry joins Heat; Lakers add key role players

USA TODAY 02 August, 2021 - 11:40pm

NBA championships are won in June (or July ... or August), but the foundation is laid almost a year prior during the free agency period. We just saw how offseason signings like Bobby Portis and Jae Crowder helped shape the postseason, and those are the types of moves that teams started to make on Monday, when they were officially allowed to negotiate with players.

The biggest names to go off the board so far have been Chris Paul -- who will reportedly return to the Phoenix Suns -- and Kyle Lowry, who will reportedly become a member of the Miami Heat in a sign-and-trade with the Toronto Raptors. Lowry appeared to confirm the decision via Twitter:

Another coveted point guard, Lonzo Ball, will reportedly join Zach LaVine in the Bulls backcourt in another sign-and-trade deal involving Chicago and the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Los Angeles Lakers haven't come to terms with any superstars in free agency after trading for Russell Westbrook, but they added key veteran role players like Trevor Ariza and Wayne Ellington, while bringing back Dwight Howard for a third stint to help bolster their attack around LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

We'll continue to update this post throughout the offseason as decisions are made, so be sure to keep checking back to see how your favorite team is shaping up for the 2021-22 season. Also, don't put much stock in the rankings outside the top 20 or so, since beyond that it largely depends on what a specific team is looking for.

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NBA free agency tracker 2021: Chris Paul returning to Suns; Kyle Lowry joins Heat; Lakers add key role players

Da Windy City 02 August, 2021 - 11:40pm

NBA championships are won in June (or July ... or August), but the foundation is laid almost a year prior during the free agency period. We just saw how offseason signings like Bobby Portis and Jae Crowder helped shape the postseason, and those are the types of moves that teams started to make on Monday, when they were officially allowed to negotiate with players.

The biggest names to go off the board so far have been Chris Paul -- who will reportedly return to the Phoenix Suns -- and Kyle Lowry, who will reportedly become a member of the Miami Heat in a sign-and-trade with the Toronto Raptors. Lowry appeared to confirm the decision via Twitter:

Another coveted point guard, Lonzo Ball, will reportedly join Zach LaVine in the Bulls backcourt in another sign-and-trade deal involving Chicago and the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Los Angeles Lakers haven't come to terms with any superstars in free agency after trading for Russell Westbrook, but they added key veteran role players like Trevor Ariza and Wayne Ellington, while bringing back Dwight Howard for a third stint to help bolster their attack around LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

We'll continue to update this post throughout the offseason as decisions are made, so be sure to keep checking back to see how your favorite team is shaping up for the 2021-22 season. Also, don't put much stock in the rankings outside the top 20 or so, since beyond that it largely depends on what a specific team is looking for.

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Bulls bring on Lonzo for $85M, Caruso for $37M

ESPN 02 August, 2021 - 05:10pm

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The Chicago Bulls and point guard Lonzo Ball have agreed on a four-year, $85 million deal as part of a sign-and-trade agreement with the New Orleans Pelicans, Ball's agent, Rich Paul, told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski on Monday.

The Bulls also reached an agreement on a four-year, $37 million pact with guard Alex Caruso, his agent, Greg Lawrence, told ESPN.

Ball slots in at a guard spot where he can grow with Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic as Chicago tries to take the next step to be competitive in the Eastern Conference.

As New Orleans shifted more to allowing Zion Williamson to run the point position in the offense, Ball's role for the Pelicans became that of an off-ball wing who could control the offense in the open court and cede duties to Williamson in the half court. He'll have an opportunity to run the offense again with Chicago.

The NBA's 2021 free-agent signing period has begun, just days after the 2021 NBA draft.

Ball, 23, has had an up-and-down four seasons since entering the league as the No. 2 overall pick by the Los Angeles Lakers in 2017. He experienced some difficulty living up to the high expectations in L.A. but once he got to New Orleans, his game improved. Being among the players dealt in the Anthony Davis trade, Ball found a better shooting stroke with the Pelicans. After shooting 31.5% from deep and 43.7% from the line in his two seasons with the Lakers, Ball upped those numbers to 37.6% and 66.4% in New Orleans.

In 2020-21, he averaged career highs in 3-point percentage (.378), field goal percentage (.414), free throw percentage (.781), true shooting percentage (.551) and points per game (14.6).

He also protected the ball like never before with a career-low 14.5 turnover percentage, while his usage percentage was also at a career high (20.5).

Ball has struggled with injury issues throughout his young career and has yet to play a full season in the NBA. He missed 65 games in his first two seasons with the Lakers and a combined 26 in the past two years with the Pelicans.

The Bulls are sending Tomas Satoransky, Garrett Temple and a second-round pick back to the Pelicans in the deal, sources told ESPN's Tim Bontemps. Temple is joining the Pelicans on a new 3-year, $15 million deal, sources told ESPN. The last year of that deal is not guaranteed, a source told The Undefeated's Marc Spears.

Undrafted out of Texas A&M, Caruso is a poster child for using alternative avenues to find a home in the league -- first playing in the G League and later latching onto the Lakers with a two-way contract -- before signing a two-year deal with L.A. in the summer of 2019.

The 27-year-old wing showed off his versatility last season, playing minutes at shooting guard, small forward and point guard for the Lakers. He finished the season averaging 6.4 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 21 minutes per game and shot 40.1 percent from 3.

Caruso missed 14 games during the regular season because of health and safety protocols and various other injuries. He also had to exit the Lakers' Game 6 series-ending loss to Phoenix in the first round of the playoffs with a left ankle strain.

L.A. expressed interest in re-signing Caruso, sources told ESPN's Dave McMenamin, but the Lakers' offer as a cap conscious, repeat tax-paying team was not as enticing for the four-year veteran.

Pelicans free-agent primer: New Orleans' point guard plans, what happens with rest of roster

The Athletic 02 August, 2021 - 12:26pm

Pelicans free-agent primer: New Orleans’ point guard plans, what happens with rest of roster

Chicago Bulls: 4 early star free agent targets to watch

Pippen Ain't Easy 02 August, 2021 - 10:21am

Chris Paul, Mike Conley, Chicago Bulls (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Chris Paul, Mike Conley, Chicago Bulls (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

This week is the first of the opening of the negotiation window around the NBA in free agency, and this will be a busy stretch of days for the Chicago Bulls organization. Free agency looked to be the likely busiest point on the Bulls’ offseason timeline. And with the conclusion of the 2021 NBA Draft last week, this now appears to be the case.

In what is bound to be one of the more active free agent cycles in recent memory for the Bulls, the next week or so should be a lot of fun. But it could also be a tense time for Bulls fans as there’s a ton on the line in free agency this cycle.

Executive vice president of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas and general manager Marc Eversley are about to have a much more active free agency this offseason than they did last. Last fall, all the moves that the Bulls really made involved re-signing a handful of restricted free agents and adding veteran shooting guard Garrett Temple on a one-year contract.

There’s roughly a half-dozen key free agent decision for the Bulls to make this summer. And there could be even more player movement on the horizon depending on how active Karnisovas and the Bulls are on the trade block.

With a week that is of the utmost importance to the Bulls’ roster building efforts this summer on tap, which names should fans watch among the top players in free agency? Here’s a look into four stars to watch for the Bulls in free agency early in the first week of negotiations.

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