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Rumor: Knicks’ top competition for Lonzo Ball in free agency

Lonzo Ball, Knicks, Bulls, Pelicans

It’s no secret the New York Knicks had some level of interest in New Orleans Pelicans point guard Lonzo Ball before the NBA trade deadline. The Knicks obviously didn’t bring him in, but they will reportedly revisit the pursuit when Ball becomes a restricted free agent this offseason.

The Knicks need help at point guard, and Ball is a solid player who can facilitate the rock and knock down open 3-pointers. Teaming him up with Julius Randle and RJ Barrett would create a deadly combination in New York. Even so, the Knicks will have some strong competition to sign Ball, with the Chicago Bulls representing the top competition for the guard’s services.

Via Marc Berman of the New York Post:

Though the Knicks made a very light push for Ball at the March 25 trade deadline, the Bulls did a lot more of the talking with Pelicans general manager David Griffin. If Ball were to leave, Chicago would be the Knicks’ top competitor, according to sources.

The regular season isn’t even over yet and it seems we already have a legitimate bidding war on our hands. It makes sense for Ball to play for either organization, as he’d be a great fit for both teams.

For New York, it has been a while since this franchise was recognized as a consistent playoff contender. If the Knicks hope to improve the team, the front office should do what they can to acquire Ball.

If they don’t, it sounds like he could go to Chicago.