Sometimes, two isn’t always better than one. With the NBA Draft comes many trades, as teams may try to move up or down in the draft and try to acquire assets. The Chicago Bulls are no exception, and they would be wise to attempt to package their two first-round picks to move up into the lottery.
According to Chad Ford of ESPN.com, the Bulls have discussed a trade with the Denver Nuggets that involves swapping picks. In the trade, the Bulls would send their No. 16 and 19 picks to the Nuggets for their No. 11 pick.
If the trade were to happen, the Bulls would be targeting a shooter. Ford mentions Michigan‘s Nik Stauskas and Michigan State‘s Gary Harris as potential targets. However, if both players are off the board before pick No. 11, it’s anybody’s guess who they would take. Other shooting guards, such as James Young and Zach LaVine could possibly still be on the board.
It is no secret the Bulls have struggled to find outside shooting, so either player would make sense for the team. Picking one player instead of two also makes sense, as Tom Thibodeau has been reluctant to play rookies in the past — Jimmy Butler, Marquis Teague and most recently Tony Snell and Erik Murphy are all prime examples. Picking a more NBA-ready player in the lottery would be more favorable than taking two players in the middle of the first-round who still have some learning to do.
Adding an impact-full player who would be able to contribute right away, especially when it comes to shooting, should be a no-brainier for the Bulls. The Bulls seem to target players that have won in college and come from strong basketball programs, and Stauskas and Harris both do.
The trade would also give the Bulls more cap flexibility for the summer in regards to potentially landing Carmelo Anthony.
This is the deepest draft in years, and at pick No. 11, the Bulls can certainly find a player who could crack the rotation right away. The Bulls could possibly lose D.J. Augustin and Kirk Hinrich to free agency, making adding a guard all the more important.
Harris is a combo guard with strong shooting, defensive ability and a willing passer. Stauskas, a 2-guard, is a pure shooter who can handle the ball and create his own shot but struggles on the defensive end at times.
The Bulls have stayed at home in previous drafts, but with so much at stake this summer, the likelihood of them sticking with both first-round picks is doubtful. Whether it be with the Nuggets or another team, look for the Bulls to try and move up into the lottery to grab a more talented, instant contributor.