2013 NBA Draft: Chicago Bulls Discussing Trade With Washington Wizards for Number 3 Pick

By Ryan Heckman
Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Brand new developments from the Washington Wizards franchise have been revealed via ESPN regarding a trade that could happen before the 2013 NBA Draft this Thursday. Washington has been discussing moving their number three overall pick in the first round due to a lack of superstar talent, and they may have found a suitor.

The Chicago Bulls are said to be talking to the Wizards about a deal involving small forward Luol Deng heading to Washington in exchange for the number three overall pick in the Draft.

Also included would likely be the Bulls sending their number 20 overall pick back to Washington and Emeka Okafor joining the Bulls.

If you’re a Bulls fan, could this deal sound any sweeter? Moving Deng means they allow a younger, healthier and more athletic version of him — Jimmy Butler — to step in and play a full time role. Butler’s emergence has been nothing short of impressive over the past year or so, and Chicago would love to get him into the starting lineup full time.

The real story here is that the Bulls could wind up grabbing one of three solid prospects: Ben McLemore out of Kansas, Victor Oladipo out of Indiana or Otto Porter out of Georgetown.

You would like to think the Bulls automatically win this deal no matter who out of those three they wind up drafting. A lineup featuring Derrick Rose, Oladipo and Butler is intriguing. Butler could also play the two guard, and he has said he does not mind where he lines up.

A combination of Rose, Butler and Porter however, could be the most curious lineup. Porter would give them the scorer they need right away beside Rose. He would be my ideal pick for Chicago, but hey, like I said Bulls fans would be happy with any one of them.

No official deal has been done just yet, but the talks have been seriously discussed and could get even deeper here in the near future. We will have you updated as soon as we know more.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior NBA writer for RantSports.com also contributing to the NFL. Follow him on Twitter @ryanmheckman“Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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