The Chicago Bulls were reportedly in serious talks to trade their No.16 and No. 19 picks in the 2014 NBA Draft with the Denver Nuggets recently, but it appears talks have cooled on such a deal as the Bulls are reportedly struggling to find a willing trade partner.
Looking to move up, Chicago had hoped that packaging their two mid-first round picks would be enough to put them in contention for a top-10 selection, but that doesn’t appear the be the case – at least not currently.
“There was speculation that the Bulls were looking to use their Nos. 16 and 19 first-round picks to trade up in the draft,” says Joe Cowley, “but one NBA source said the team is having trouble finding a partner.”
It’s a little shocking to see the Bulls having trouble finding a willing trade partner as there are almost always teams looking to acquire a first round draft pick, though, it’s likely their desire to move up so far that’s giving them issues.
Simply put, neither of their picks are all that enticing to a team who owns a top-ten or possibly even high-teen selection as you’re not only likely to draft a better player out of those selections, but you’re also not stuck with a guaranteed contract.
Unlike second round picks, first round draft selections come with guaranteed money which also means the loss of a roster spot. The Bulls obviously don’t want either, so it’s presumable that they could look to trade one pick away if they’re unable to move up as they desire.