According to Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld and Chad Ford of ESPN, the Chicago Bulls are exploring moving up in the 1st round of Thursday nights NBA Draft. Currently, the Chicago Bulls own the #28 and #30 picks. Here are the vague statements from both Chad and Alex:
Yesterday, I mentioned that the Bulls may benefit from packaging these 2 picks in 2011 for a 1st round pick in the 2012 draft. These picks will not net a 1st from a lottery bound NBA team, however a pick in the late teens/early 20’s in the stacked 2012 NBA Draft may be more valuable than both of the 2 picks in 2011.
The Chicago Bulls looking to move these picks should not be a surprise to anyone. Gar Foreman should poke around and see if they can move up. In all reality, with 2 guaranteed contract picks, the Bulls may not have room for two new players on their roster (if they do, bye-bye Keith Bogans?). If the Bulls do use both draft picks, I fully expect one of the picks to be used on a foreign basketball player who can stay overseas for the next year plus.
However, I think that as Thursday rolls around we may begin to hear more about possibilities of a trade. The Bulls may be able to move up into the early 20’s where they can better target a shooter, as Chad Ford mentions.
With CBA uncertainties, don’t expect a major deal from the Chicago Bulls, however it would surprise no one that the Bulls are exploring trade opportunities.