The Chicago Bulls went all-out this offseason in assembling a squad that plans to compete in the Eastern Conference immediately.

The two newest additions for the Bulls include Lonzo Ball and DeMar DeRozan. Both project to play huge roles in the successes for Chicago next season and beyond.

At his press conference Friday, Ball talked about watching DeRozan when he was growing up and how he called him right after the former Spurs forward joined Chicago.

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Chicago started laying the foundation of their blueprint during the season last year when they acquired all-star center Nikola Vucevic from the Orlando Magic. There had been whispers that the Bulls might hit a reset button and trade Zach LaVine. Instead, they traded for Vucevic and added Ball and DeRozan this offseason.

LaVine will still be due a big payday via a contract extension at the end of next season. The Bulls may have to wiggle around financially to make that work but it’s become abundantly clear that his front office is invested in winning now with the talent they scooped up and added to the roster.

A starting five that consists of Ball, LaVine, DeRozan, Patrick Williams and Vucevic has Bulls fans giddy about how this team should fare next year. There’s legitimate optimism in the Windy City right now for this team and Chicago will try to validate those hopes and dreams starting next season.