Different Bulls regime, same target – let the free-agent frenzy begin

Different Bulls regimes, but the same target at point guard.

Let the Lonzo Ball to Chicago rumors recommence.

With the NBA free agent frenzy officially tipping off on Monday, unofficially organizations have been back-channeling information for months, setting the stage for the best running sports soap opera going.

That’s what the Association’s free agent market has become the last decade.

High drama, franchise-changing decisions, and big checks being written.

That’s not about to change this week, as the point guard market is front and center, and the Bulls are right in the center of the storm.

It starts with Ball.

The Sun-Times reported back in April of 2019, that the old regime of general manager Gar Forman and vice president of basketball operations John Paxson had made inquiries to the Lakers about Ball, after Ball’s camp leaked that the point guard wanted out of Los Angeles and the Bulls were one of a handful of team’s on his wish list.

Fast forward a few seasons and to a different regime, but the Bulls – and new executive vice president of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas – were back in the Ball sweepstakes at the March trade deadline, as multiple outlets as well as the Sun-Times reported the Bulls and Pelicans were discussing a Ball for Lauri Markkanen deal.

The rest of the package – including draft compensation – hit a snag, so Karnisovas quickly pivoted and ended up acquiring All-Star center…

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