Chicago Bulls signs Lonzo Ball from New Orleans Pelicans

Ball, a four-year veteran who turns 24 in October, has signed a four-year contract worth $85 million with the Bulls.

FILE PHOTO - Ball hit a career-high 172 3-pointers last season while making a career-best 37.8% of his shots from deep with New Orleans Pelicans   -  AP

The Chicago Bulls has finalized a sign-and-trade deal for point guard Lonzo Ball with with the New Orleans Pelicans.

The announcement on Sunday night comes after Ball agreed to a four-year, $85 million contract with Chicago last week.

The Bulls sent Garrett Temple, Tomas Satoransky, a 2024 second-round draft pick and cash to New Orleans.

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Ball, a four-year veteran who turns 24 in October and entered the off-season as a restricted free agent, is coming off his most productive season.

In his second year with the Pelicans, he averaged career highs in points (14.6 per game) and field-goal percentage (41.4) while averaging 5.7 assists.

Drafted second overall by the Los Angeles Lakers out of UCLA in 2017, Ball has changed his shooting mechanics since being traded to New Orleans as part of a blockbuster deal that sent Anthony Davis to Los Angeles.

Ball hit a career-high 172 3-pointers last season while making a career-best 37.8% of his shots from deep.

Now he goes from teaming with dynamic power forward Zion Williamson to joining Olympian Zach LaVine, two-time All-Star center Nikola Vucevic and high-scoring small forward DeMar DeRozan on a team hoping to transform into an Eastern Conference contender.

The Bulls have not announced the signing of DeRozan, a four-time All-Star who agreed last week to a three-year, $85 million contract as part of a sign-and-trade with San Antonio Spurs, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.

The Bulls finished 11th in the East at 31-41, two games behind Charlotte for the final play-in spot.

While the side missed the playoffs for a fourth straight year, it was its first season with Arturas Karnisovas leading the front office and Billy Donovan coaching the club.

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Satoransky, from the Czech Republic, has played five NBA seasons — his first three with Washington Wizards and past two with the Bulls.

He has averaged 7.4 points and 4.2 assists in 333 games.

Temple is an 11-year veteran out of LSU who also has played for Houston, Sacramento, San Antonio, Milwaukee, Charlotte, Washington, Memphis, the Los Angeles Clippers and Brooklyn. He has career averages of 6.5 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists.

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