Feb 21, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls point guard D.J. Augustin (14) and Denver Nuggets shooting guard Randy Foye (4) battle for the ball during the second quarter at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Denver Nuggets, Chicago Bulls talk trading draft picks

With the NBA draft just 16 days away on June 26, teams around the league are jockeying for position with the hope that they can move up or even acquire assets in moving down in the draft order.

According to a report by Chad Ford of ESPN.com, the Denver Nuggets and Chicago Bulls are in discussions over possibly swapping some of their picks.

The aforementioned move would see the Nuggets send their No. 11 pick to the Bulls for their No. 16 and 19 picks.

Chris Dempsey of The Denver Post reported last week that general manager Tim Connelly had been making a “fair share of calls” concerning the No. 11 pick and moving it to acquire a veteran talent.

That pick is the highest the Nuggets have gone since taking Carmelo Anthony out of Syracuse University in 2003.

“I don’t think things will pick up until the next week or so,” Connelly said. “But after a relatively quiet trade deadline, I think we’ll see a more active build-up to the draft. I would imagine we’ll have a lot of trades.”

Denver finished the regular season with a record of 36-46, good enough for 11th in the Western Conference. They were 13 games back of the eighth and final playoff spot.

Management feels that the team can quickly gather themselves and get back in the postseason picture in 2014-15. Rather than wait for a developing talent out of the draft and hoping he can contribute right away, perhaps the right move is go the veteran route and find someone who can immediately pay dividends.

Tags: Chicago Bulls Denver Nuggets NBA Draft NBA Draft 2014 NBA Rumors

  • Leroy Boyd

    The 11th pick for 16 and 19 sounds good that moves saves money for free agents. Moving up in the draft who is on the Bulls radar

    • Ralph broog


      • Leroy Boyd

        You think he will still be there

        • Adam

          We have to get Thanasis Antetokounmpo, one of the most lockdown defenders in the draft and has a good outside shot.

          • Leroy Boyd

            I have never seen him play but I can see him having a good outside shot but a rookie lock down defender who is he going to lock down as a rookie in the NBA?

          • Adam

            Not bad choices but sadly because of Iggy’s and Brewers departure there is no defence and athleticism at all in our front court that we use to have. And i really wonder why everyone wants a 3 point shooter when clearly that isn’t our style of play,

          • Adam

            And if we really need a 3 point shooter than just go after one in free agency but doesn’t make much sense to me because if we do get a sharpshooter in this draft than when you look at our team all our SG will be doing the same role………

  • Leroy Boyd

    Maybe the Bulls going up to 11 means they are picking somebody to use in a trade for Melo Love or some impact player the Bulls have been quiet about. We know the Bulls are as secret as the CIA and when they draft ir trade for someone we are all taken by surprise because we didnt see that move anywhere on social media even by these guys who good at dreaming up trade ideas.