The Chicago Bulls were one of the most aggressive teams this NBA offseason when it came to adding new players to the roster. One of the first moves that were made in free agency was Chicago landing point guard Lonzo Ball.
Ball was a restricted free agent of the New Orleans Pelicans. There were reports that they would not match his significant offer sheets, but once they cleared cap space in a trade with the Memphis Grizzlies, people’s tunes changed.
The Pelicans wanted to add veteran point guard Kyle Lowry to the team. But, it became clear early on that Lowry would be heading to the Miami Heat. At least New Orleans now had the space to match any offer sheet Ball would receive.
Somewhat surprisingly, the Pelicans decided not to match the offer sheet. Instead, they agreed to a sign-and-trade deal with the Chicago Bulls, who sent Tomas Satoransky, Garrett Temple, and a future second-round pick to New Orleans in exchange for Ball.