Will Chicago Bulls Trade Up To Draft Gary Harris?

By Randall Hampton
Gary Harris, Michigan State University, 2014 NBA Draft
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The Chicago Bulls are interested in swapping picks with the Denver Nuggets according to Chad Ford of ESPN. The Bulls would give up picks 16 and 19 for the rights to pick 11 in the 2014 NBA Draft.

If that trade happens, expect the Bulls to select Michigan State University guard Gary Harris. Harris is a good shooter in spot up and off the dribble situations, but as a rookie under Tom Thibodeau, his initial contribution will likely be on the defensive end.

Harris would come in as a lottery pick that Chicago gave up assets to grab, so he would see more playing time than Tony Snell saw in his rookie season. Harris is undersized at the shooting guard position at 6-foot-4, but playing next to a long small forward like Jimmy Butler should alleviate some of the issues that come with starting a small two guard.

Harris only played two seasons at Michigan State, but he has shown the high basketball IQ that the Bulls value in young players. Harris will need to work on his ball handling if he wants to be effective at the point guard position.

The addition of Harris would give Chicago a quick backcourt if Derrick Rose returns healthy. Add that to a starting frontcourt of Butler, Taj Gibson and Joakim Noah, and the Bulls will be back in contention for the top seed in the Eastern Conference.

There is also an outside shot that the Bulls trade up to pick 11 to draft Doug McDermott, but that is a move Chicago could regret.

Randall Hampton is a Chicago Bulls writer for Rantsports.com. Like him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.

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