So much for the possibility of Lonzo Ball in Boston.
The 23-year-old point guard agreed to a four-year, $85 million contract with the Chicago Bulls in a sign-and-trade, per The Athletic's Shams Charania. The Bulls are sending Tomas Satoransky, Garrett Temple and a second-round pick to the New Orleans Pelicans in the deal.
Ball had been considered a potential fit for the Celtics, who parted ways with All-Star point guard Kemba Walker earlier in the offseason. However as our Chris Forsberg explained, the C's would have had to overcome some financial hurdles to make a deal happen.
Boston recently acquired Kris Dunn to bolster their backcourt depth, but rumor has it the former Providence star could soon be on the move again. Trade rumors involving veteran guard Marcus Smart also have surfaced with free agency getting underway.
Last season with the Pelicans, Ball improved as a shooter with a career-high 41.4 field goal percentage and 14.6 points per game. The second overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft also averaged 5.7 assists and 1.5 steals.