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Report: Bulls want to trade their first-round picks for a scorer

Jun 18, 2014, 12:21 PM EDT

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The Chicago Bulls ranked 28th in offensive rating this season, giving them the lowest-ranked offense ever to make the playoffs.

Just three other teams have ranked even 27th and reached the postseason, and two of them are the Bulls of this era – 2004-05 and 2009-10. (The 2011-12 Boston Celtics also did it).

There’s no question which side of the ball Chicago must address this offseason. As successful as the Bulls have been, their offense has been a weakness, and the Washington Wizards showed in the playoffs just how vulnerable that makes Chicago.

Thankfully for the Bulls, they have the tools to upgrade, including the No. 16 and No. 19 picks in next week’s draft.

Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated:

Chicago is aggressively trying to move its two first-round picks, according to rival executives. The Bulls are believed to be looking for either a veteran scorer or the chance to move up in the draft to select a young wing player with scoring potential.

The Bulls have been frequently linked to Carmelo Anthony, who’s a pretty talented scorer. He makes plenty of sense as Chicago’s main target, and those picks could definitely be useful in a sign-and-trade.

Or the Bulls could package the selections in other ways. With Nikola Mirotic’s rights and Jimmy Butler still on his rookie contract, Chicago has the flexibility to splurge on immediate help.

Derrick Rose is returning and Joakim Noah remains in place to fortify the defense, so the Bulls – if they use their flexibility right – could contend for a title as soon as next season. If Chicago can’t move the picks, building a wider young base wouldn’t be so bad, but this is the time to push chips into the center of the table.

  1. ad23mvp - Jun 18, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    Take Eric Gordon! We don’t even need 1st round picks. He’s yours for FREE! (I’m dreaming)

    • starks3 - Jun 18, 2014 at 5:09 PM

      For that matter, the Knicks should try to trade them Amare.

  2. jsala02 - Jun 18, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    I just don’t know who anybody can trust in Rose staying healthy for an entire year, and even if he does, a two or three year span

  3. themagicfanguy - Jun 18, 2014 at 2:25 PM


  4. hwatt - Jun 18, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    well, why stop at 2.. The Saints traded all 8 rounds of draft picks for Ricky Williams. I’m just sayin…

    • masher1965 - Jun 18, 2014 at 10:38 PM

      And you see how THAT worked out, right ?

  5. iowahbr - Jun 18, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    The Bulls are so far out of things that even Carmelo wouldn’t get them past round 2. What is really wrong with the NBA is all the talk now is about player movement or not for more money. evidently the whole Spurs approach has fallen on NBA deaf ears.

    Next year the Bulls will again win 50-55 games, will play each regular season game as though it’s the play-offs and will be out by the end of round 1 (or round 2 if Rose comes back in great form.)

    • willkill4caffeine - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:44 PM

      The 76ers are trying to mimic the Spurs, both in the way they coach (Brown is a disciple of Pop’s) and building through the draft. Here’s hoping it works out as well for them as it has for SA!

  6. Andee - Jun 18, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    Does this seem tailor-made for the Knicks to finally, actually, begin a rebuild? Ditching Carmelo won’t be popular, but he hasn’t exactly endeared himself to the New York executives, media or fans teasing an opt out.

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 18, 2014 at 6:11 PM

      And what has Melo done while being in NYC the last few seasons?

      Enjoying your championship he brought you Knicks fans?

      Please don’t tell me that you were NOT expecting great things when you first heard that Melo was coming to the Knicks. Ya’ll went to bed that night with stars in your eyes and had pleasant dreams…

      Oh, well you didn’t win a championship? OK, how was it at least playing for a title?

      Wait, no Finals appearances with Melo?

      Man, it sucks playing for the right to go to the Finals and losing doesn’t it.

      Wait, you did NOT even play in the Eastern Conf Finals with Melo?

      What’s taken you so long to run his losing behind out of NYC.

      Melo’s CAREER playoff winning percentage goes like this… win 1 playoff game, lose 2 playoff games.

      NOT a great winning percentage to lose two games for every playoff game won.

      In playoff games while ON the Knicks, Melo shot .297% from 3 pt range. Yes folks, that is LESS than 30%.

      In playoff games while ON the Knicks, he shot .404% from the field…

      NOW I see why ya’ll didn’t play in the Finals or even play in the Eastern Conf Finals…

      • ranfan12 - Jun 18, 2014 at 8:07 PM

        lol what. is this directed at andee? he supports carmelo leaving. if you’re saying carmelo’s done nothing for the knicks, generating big money is second to succeding in the playoffs imo

  7. aceablan - Jun 19, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    Instead of Melo, maybe what the Bulls and Knicks both need is to move JR Smith. He’s been very vocal about becoming a starter and on the Bulls one could make the argument that he would start immediately. For the Knicks, that frees up more time to play and develop Hardaway Jr. while getting some much needed draft picks to get younger, possibly getting a player good enough to entice Melo to stay. Or even if Melo leaves, then maybe you draft accordingly. Bulls would get a good volume shooter to pair with Rose. A combo of JR, Rose and Butler would definitely be a handful for opposing defenses, especially with Gibson and Noah on the court as well. I see this as a win-win for everyone, including for Smith.

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