As of late it feels like the only time you hear the Bulls two first round draft picks being mentioned is as possible trade bait for Kevin Love, but according to one report, the Bulls are still looking to trade those picks, but not for Kevin Love.
It seems the Bulls want to move up in the draft to get a shooter.
According to ESPN’s Chad Ford in his latest mock draft, the Bulls are having “serious discussions” with the Denver Nuggets about sending the No. 16 and No. 19 picks to Denver for the Nuggets No. 11 pick.
The Bulls have been trying to move up in the draft to get an elite shooter. Their target has been Denver with an offer of the 16th and 19th pick for 11. If they get there, Gary Harris or Nik Stauskas will be the guy with them likely leaning toward Stauskas.
Now, I haven’t exactly been shy about my love for Michigan’s Nik Stauskas, and I’d love for the Bulls to draft him. Would I love him more than trading for Kevin Love? No, no I would not.
But the trade for Kevin Love is far from a likelihood at this point no matter how badly anybody wants it to be true. Also, while fully admitting this is probably reading way too far into a situation over a trade rumor, the fact the Bulls are looking to move their picks to move up in the draft could be another indicator of what their plans are this summer.
The Bulls wouldn’t be interested in trading both their picks to move up if Kevin Love was the top priority, so you could see this news as an indicator they’re prioritizing Carmelo Anthony over Love right now.
Or you could just look at this report as the Bulls sticking their toe in the trade waters just to see how valuable their two draft picks are.
I’ll let you decide how you want to look at it, all I know is that I’d be very happy if Nik Stauskas was in a Bulls uniform next season, however it happens.
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