So the Bulls surprised by making a trade up, but not taking the player we all wanted. In the end they landed Nikola Mirotic and Jimmy Butler.
Bulls trade up with 28 + 43 to 23 to take Nikola Mirotic
Much like two years ago when the Bulls had the chance to draft Dejuan
Blaire, but passed on him to take Taj Gibson completely pissing off all
Bulls fan, the Bulls again passed on the fan favorite, Marshon Brooks, in order to take
Jonathan Givony tweeted after the pick that Mirotic was the 7th best
player in the draft, but he wouldn't likely come over until 2014.
That's a long time to wait, but we had to wait a long time for Omer
Asik, and he was worth the wait.
Let's hope Mirotic is as well. I'll try to provide a full scouting report after looking at film.
Bulls take Jimmy Butler at #30
Butler's the feel good story of the draft. He can defend, he's
somewhat of a stretch four. He has good work ethic, high basketball IQ,
does all the little things right. He's not going to wow with his size
or athleticism, but he's the type of player who should fill in a nice
niche for the team.
If Butler pans out, the Bulls might have flexibility to move Taj Gibson.
The Bulls will need to address their SG needs in FA/Trades
On the surface, passing on Marshon Brooks seems like a crazy proposition, however, it makes perfect sense.
The Bulls likely felt that Marshon Brooks couldn't fill the Bulls shooting guard need, and that the team would be better served by trying to grab a veteran in free agency or trade for a higher caliber player to compete.
I agree with this approach, but it will be up to Chicago to make the second half of that come true. Will they pull off the trade? Will they still have an MLE to work with? The Bulls did nothing on draft night to plug their biggest hole which probably won't lend a lot of confidence to fans in the short run.
I've learned not to judge the Bulls draft picks. They do better than I would. If they didn't like Brooks, I'm on board with Mirotic. Let's just hope that we see a signing or trade once the new CBA is passed.
On the bright side, if a trade did go down this draft, what would I talk about all summer long during the lockout? Now I get to spend all summer coming up with trade proposals ;)