New Orleans Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball has reached a four-year, $ 85 million deal with the Chicago Bulls in a sign-and-trade agreement, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports told ESPN.
The 23-year-old Ball has had four bumpy seasons since entering the league as the No. 2 overall pick in 2017. It was difficult to live up to sky-high expectations in Los Angeles, but once he got to New Orleans, things they began to calm down.
As part of the Anthony Davis trade, Ball found new life with the Pelicans. After shooting 31.5 percent from 3 and 43.7 percent from free throws in his two seasons with the Lakers, Ball has since increased those numbers to 37.6 percent and 66.4 percent.
In 2020-21, he averaged career highs from 3-point percentage (.378), field goal percentage (.414) and free throw percentage (.781).
Ball has struggled with injury problems throughout his young career and has yet to play a full season in the NBA. He missed 65 games in his first two seasons with Los Angeles and 26 combined in the last two years with New Orleans.
ESPN’s Andrew Lopez contributed to this story.