For a few weeks now we’ve heard noise suggesting that the Chicago Bulls want to trade one or both of their first round draft picks, though, we haven’t exactly heard what they were looking for.
That’s no longer the case as Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated states that the Bulls either want to move up (that was something we had heard) or that they’re looking to trade one of their picks (they own No. 16 and No. 19) for an established veteran scorer.
“Chicago is aggressively trying to move its two first-round picks, according to rival executives. The Bulls are believed to be looking for either a veteran scorer or the chance to move up in the draft to select a young wing player with scoring potential.”
Last week there were rumors hinting that the Bulls and Denver Nuggets were talking about a trade that would move the Bulls up to the 11th selection in exchange for their two-first round picks, however it doesn’t seem as if anything came of those talks. Of course, that doesn’t mean the potential swap is dead as we’ve seen teams back off deals only to rekindle them before the draft.
The idea of the Bulls acquiring a player is a bit odd given their alleged desires to put themselves in financial position to sign a big name free agent this offseason as said player would add to the salary cap, though, both first round picks would do the same given they are guaranteed contracts.
Who exactly the Bulls are looking for, in regards to a name, is unknown.