Good morning, frents!
Back after a weekend guys' trip to Atlanta. I crossed the new Braves' ballpark off my list (only five to go!) and it made me wonder if a giant stadium/retail complex like that is eventually in the cards for the Sox.
The team's lease at 35th and Shields goes through 2029, but don't be surprised if and when something like that gets pitched.
The Bulls finally got their point guard on Monday, getting Lonzo Ball in an oft-rumored sign-and-trade with the New Orleans Pelicans.
Tomas Satoransky, Garrett Temple and a second-round pick are headed to the Big Easy while Ball and a new contract worth four years and $85 million are coming to Chicago.
The Bulls didn't stop there on the opening day of free agency negotiations, announcing a surprise signing of Lakers guard Alex Caruso. The defensive specialist/fan favorite gets four years and $37 million after playing over 20 minutes a night in L.A.'s rotation.
Let's get to the bullet points:
- The eldest Ball brother arrives on the West Side after two seasons with the Lakers and two with the Pelicans. He'll turn 24 in late October and brings exactly what the Bulls need — a pass-first approach with an improving three-point shot and an ability to play premium defense on a wide range of players. (Ball stands 6-foot-6). The No. 2 pick in the 2017 draft, Ball hasn't become the superstar that the slot might have suggested. But his numbers have improved each year and it'll be interesting to see how he fares under Billy Donovan's coaching.
- Lakers fans are not happy that Caruso wasn't retained, which should be a good sign, right? Caruso is 27 years old, played college ball at Texas A&M and became known as "White Mamba 2.0" in Los Angeles. The addition of Ball and Caruso is a significant solution to the Bulls' ongoing issues with perimeter defense.
- Coby White's days in Chicago seem numbered after Monday's news. The 2019 draft pick was already on shaky ground after a middling performance last season and offseason injury, but the writing is on the wall with these two signings and the drafting of Ayo Dosunmu.
- One other guard who won't be seeing playing time in the Bulls backcourt: Derrick Rose. Any potential homecoming is off the table after the Knicks resigned him to a 3 year/$43 million deal.
- Are the Bulls done? There have been rumors of a sign-and-trade deal with Demar DeRozan and Lauri Markkanen, so that's something to watch as the week goes on.
All in all, Monday was a big day for the Bulls. Arturas Karnisovas' first vision for the squad is almost fully in place and we'll see if the three-headed monster of Ball-Zach LaVine-Nikola Vucevic can put them back in the playoffs. It certainly feels like that should be the case and hopefully Billy Donovan will be able to coach them up to an even higher ceiling.
Jed Hoyer and Tom Ricketts speak
While Hoyer said he had no interest in waging an unwinnable PR battle with franchise legends, he did try to recover some ground during his spot on ESPN 1000.
"That will probably be my greatest source of frustration from this era. I put my head on the pillow every night knowing we put our best foot forward. The extensions we offered these guys will hold up exceptionally well...against the open market. I don't know why guys didn't want to sign. I don't know why guys didn't want to even counteroffer, often times."
Hoyer also told 670 that it was "very unclear" when the Cubs would return to being a competitive franchise.
Ricketts, meanwhile, tried to sell angry STHers on the simple pleasures of watching a team lose 90 games a seasons.
“If the past tells us anything, watching a remarkable team come together is extremely exciting and rewarding, especially when everyone is aligned on the goal of winning the World Series. We’re grateful for the chance to share in that joy and journey together again.”
No wonder Theo didn't want any part of this mess.
Hawks will publicly announce results of investigation
An internal memo obtained by The Athletic says the team won't keep the findings to themselves. Stan Bowman says he intends to fully cooperate with the investigation.
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- Brett Taylor resets the Cubs roster after the purge. Bleacher Nation
- A look at what's left in the Sox farm system. South Side Sox
- Pro skateboarder Terry Kennedy was charged with first-degree murder after allegedly attacking a Wheaton man at a hotel in Oakbrook Terrace. TMZ
- How TikTok influenced the Lolla lineup. Tribune