DeMar DeRozan joined the Chicago Bulls this offseason, and he said that the Bulls’ offseason dealings were a huge reason.
“Once Lonzo signed, that made it even more appealing,” DeRozan said. “You could see what they were working toward, and it was something I wanted to be a part of. It wasn’t too much of a pitch that they had to make after that.”
DeRozan signed a three-year deal, reportedly worth $85 million, with the Bulls shortly after Ball had agreed to his four-year deal (reportedly worth $80 million).
The Bulls acquired both players via sign-and-trade. The Bulls sent a second-round pick, Tomas Satoransky and Garrett Temple to the Pelicans to acquire Ball and sent Thad Young, Al-Farouq Aminu, a 2025 first-round pick, a 2022 second-round pick and a 2025 second-round pick to the San Antonio Spurs for DeRozan.
The Bulls are fast on their path to get this team back to the playoffs for the first time since 2016-17, and a starting lineup of Ball, DeRozan, Zach LaVine, Patrick Williams and Vucevic is a great start to the path to competitiveness.
Chicago finished 11th in the Eastern Conference with a record of 31-41 last season, two games back from making the play-in tournament.