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Warriors, Bulls interested in Pelicans’ Lonzo Ball

Pelicans, Warriors, Bulls, Lonzo Ball

The Golden State Warriors and Chicago Bulls are among the teams interested in acquiring New Orleans Pelicans point guard Lonzo Ball, per ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.

Windhorst said the Dubs and Pels had discussed a deal involving Ball and Kelly Oubre on the latest episode of the Hoop Collective podcast. He also stated the Bulls could have some interest in Ball:

“There have also been rumors about Kelly Oubre-Lonzo Ball trade,” Windhorst said, via HoopsHype. “I mean that’s no secret, that’s sort of been out there. (…) The Pelicans have struggled, especially defensively. (…) They’ve shopped their guards. They’ve shopped Eric Bledsoe, Ball and JJ Redick.

“One of the places that, in addition to Golden State that you could think of Lonzo, one of the places that you would think of Lonzo Ball as a possibility and I’ve heard out there would be Chicago. If Chicago might have an interest there… But we’ll see about that.”

Despite Windhorst’s reporting, there could be questions as to Golden State’s level of interest.

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said during a recent radio appearance he actually told the players rumors of Oubre being shopped were not true. Perhaps things have changed since the Pelicans made Ball more readily available, but it seems a bit unlikely.

As for Chicago, the Bulls could be looking for a playmaking guard to complement Zach LaVine in the backcourt. Coby White has a -4.3 box plus-minus and -0.3 value over replacement player and offers limited upside other than being a volume scorer at the point guard position.

Lonzo Ball has struggled to shoot it out of the gate. But he might thrive in Billy Donovan’s up-tempo offense in Chicago if given the chance.

It is unknown what New Orleans’ asking price is for the former No. 2 overall pick. But the Pels appear motivated to move a number of backcourt players.