NBA rumors: Noah Vonleh headed to Chicago

Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent F Noah Vonleh has agreed to a one-year deal with the Chicago Bulls, agent Jim Tanner of @Tandem Sports and @YouFirstSports tells ESPN.

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They’ve been reportedly linked to Julius Randle, Bobby Portis,and Terry Rozier, and, according to sources, have shown interest in bringing back Noah Vonleh and Lance Thomas. They haven’t expressed interest in taking back other teams’ problematic contracts to add long-term assets, preferring to prioritize only adding players who can help them be more competitive next season.
Mike Vorkunov: The Knicks have shown interest in bringing back Noah Vonleh, who was one of their most productive players this season, while ex-Knicks center Enes Kanter has received interest from the Blazers, Celtics, Lakers, and the Bulls, according to league sources.
Vonleh will be an unrestricted free agent and the Knicks will be interested in re-signing him because they have vested interest in his development. But too much is up in the air to make a determination on the feasibility yet. Obviously Vonleh will chase the most money and the Knicks may not want to match the market.
Because his salary-cap hold will be marginal, he’s got a legit chance to be part of the future. The Knicks should have the ability to re-sign him and go over the cap. Vonleh’s modest contract won’t become officially guaranteed until January. “It’s a one-year thing and too early to call it,’’ Vonleh said. “We’re only eight games in. The season can change, but I’m trying to keep the same mentality all season and bringing energy and be consistent and help teammates out. I definitely want to be here in New York, but that’s up in the air. I have to focus on this season and go from there.”
For Bartelstein and Parker, a $20 million guarantee after the past injuries and an uneven final season with Milwaukee is the best possible outcome to the choppy waters of restricted free agency. Now, Chicago needs to renounce Noah Vonleh, David Nwaba and waive Paul Zipser and Julyan Stone to create the $20M in salary cap space needed to sign Parker.
Also previously reported, sources said the Bulls won’t extend a qualifying offer to Noah Vonleh by Friday’s deadline. He isn’t in the team’s plans and will be an unrestricted free agent.
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January 26, 2021 | 8:02 pm EST Update