1. Lonzo Ball
The Chicago Bulls want to make a splash this season and the point guard position is where it will likely come. They have been linked to a few players this offseason, but New Orleans Pelicans point guard Lonzo Ball has had the most chatter.
Ball is a restricted free agent but there have been plenty of rumors that New Orleans will not match a big offer sheet for him. The Bulls have also emerged as the most likely suitor for the former UCLA product. There is mutual interest with Chicago and Ball on a four-year deal worth more than $80 million.
Lonzo Ball is an excellent target for the Bulls to upgrade their point guard position. Chicago has two offensive superstars in Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic, so adding a player that can impact the game at a high level defensively makes sense. Ball can defend either backcourt spot and some players on the wing, offering excellent versatility.
Ball is also an improved shotmaker, knocking down a career-high percent of 3-pointers and free throws this season with the Pelicans. Still an elite playmaker when tasked with being the lead guard, Lonzo Ball will take all of the pressure off of LaVine having to be a go-to scorer and lead playmaker.
Turning only 24-years old in October, Ball is an immediate upgrade but is someone the team can use as a long-term building block for the future.