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Clippers, Bulls expected to show interest in Pelicans’ Lonzo Ball

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The New Orleans Pelicans are unlikely to match a significant offer for Lonzo Ball in free agency this summer, according to Shams Charania.

Ball is a restricted free agent this offseason and he will likely have several teams show interest in him.

The Los Angeles Clippers and Chicago Bulls are among those teams.

Both teams showed interest in acquiring Ball at the trade deadline this past season, but no deal was made.

The Bulls have the cap space to sign someone like Ball and could be a serious contender to acquire him.

The Clippers, meanwhile, will be a little more hard pressed to pursue Ball, as they will be over the cap if Kawhi Leonard ultimately re-signs, and they also have free agents Reggie Jackson and Nicolas Batum to consider re-signing.

A sign-and-trade would be more likely for the Clippers in an attempt to land Ball.

In 55 games this past season, Ball, 23, averaged 14.6 points (career-high), 4.8 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 1.5 steals per game in 31.8 minutes per game.

Teams can begin negotiating with free agents on Aug. 2 at 6 p.m. ET.

A moratorium period will then begin at 12:01 a.m. ET on Aug. 3 and will continue through Aug. 6 before teams are then allowed to begin signing free agents on Aug. 6 at 12:01 p.m. ET.

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