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Report: Bulls in talks to trade for Arron Afflalo from Orlando

Jun 21, 2014, 11:30 AM EDT

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Orlando is looking to move Arron Afflalo this summer and he would be a good fit on a contending team — he scored 18.2 points a game, shot 42.7 percent from three last season, can put the ball on the floor and create, and is still a quality defender. Last season the Magic forced him into the role of No. 1 offensive option, but on a team where he is the second or third option he has real value.

Enter the Chicago Bulls.

They are in talks to acquire Afflalo, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

The Chicago Bulls are pursuing a trade for Orlando Magic swingman Arron Afflalo, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Afflalo, 28, has two years left on his contract — including an Early Termination Option (ETO) provision next summer — and front office executives believe the Magic are prioritizing a trade for Afflalo over working to extend his contract.

Afflalo may have two years on his deal making $7.75 million per, but he is really a one year rental because he is expected to opt out and seek bigger dollars in a year.

The big question here is how does this impact the Bulls’ drive to get Carmelo Anthony? Trading for Afflalo — assuming the Bulls give up something like one of their two first round picks, 16 and 19, as well as Mike Dunleavy Jr. or another player — makes getting Anthony more difficult. This doesn’t remove salary from the Bulls’ payroll, which is what they need to do to bring in Anthony. Maybe this is the first in a series of moves.

Minnesota is said to be interested in Afflalo as part of a Kevin Love trade.

The other question is what is being exchanged for Afflalo? The Magic are rebuilding and have some nice young pieces — Victor Oladipo, Nikola Vucevic, Tobias Harris — as well as the No. 4 and No. 12 pick in the draft. They would welcome another pick but that’s not enough to get a deal done, it is going to take a salary like Dunleavy. Maybe Orlando has interest in Jimmy Butler, who like Afflalo plays the two.

Afflalo would be a great fit next to a hopefully healthy Derrick Rose, as well as with Joakim Noah and the rest of the Bulls.

This trade conversation raises a lot of questions, but it’s ongoing and out there.

  1. canadatude - Jun 21, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    Raptors get him for Ross. Flip him in package for Love.

    • bucrightoff - Jun 21, 2014 at 11:48 AM

      Not even Rob Ford on a 6 day crack binge thinks that can happen.

    • conjecture101 - Jun 21, 2014 at 11:49 AM

      I would love to see it but Afflalo alone doesn’t get you Love. Who else would Toronto have to give up? Probably Patterson or Vazquez and a 1st at least depending on what happens with Lowry.

  2. bkbell3 - Jun 21, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    I don’t think Afflalo after opting out after next year at 29-30 is going to get much more than 8mil. per year on his next contract. If he gets 4 years for 32mil. he will be doing good.

  3. canadatude - Jun 21, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    Beatles said it “Can’t buy me Love, everybody tells me so —“.

    • jimeejohnson - Jun 21, 2014 at 12:17 PM

      Thumbs downs via useful pawns of the almighty dollar. “I don’t care too much for money, money can’t buy me Love!”

  4. mcjon22 - Jun 21, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    It’s a good get if they can dump Dunleavy’s contract and give up one of there 1st round picks. As a Bulls fan, I just don’t buy the Melo hype. Maybe I’m completely wrong, but I don’t see Chicago making enough moves to get Melo and field a deep team.

    I would however, be all for them acquiring Kevin Love for anything outside of Rose & Noah. Maybe they send Gibson, Butler, Boozers expiring contract and picks to Minny for Love and K Mart with Affallo filling in for Butler at the 2?

    • loubearkane - Jun 21, 2014 at 12:23 PM

      As a Bulls fan i have no faith in them getting Plan A Melo Plan B Love Plan C well they usually dont have a plan C

    • chicitybulls - Jun 21, 2014 at 12:41 PM

      I’ll disagree. I would rather Melo over Love. I like Love but think Melo would work better. Besides I wouldn’t want to give up Gibson. His defense is really key and I don’t think some people realize how much. Having both Noah AND Gibson protect the paint will be needed in the playoffs. It makes teams have to beat you with jump shots and it’ll be hard for a team to win a 7 game series shooting jumpers.

      This is interesting though. It’s essentially a Butler for Afflalo trade. I think Butler’s defense is better but Afflalo’s offense is better. Butler play good defense on LeBron and that’s something to think about since you’ll have to most likely go through them to win a championship (I don’t think he’s leaving Miami).

      • sportsfan18 - Jun 22, 2014 at 9:55 AM

        Melo OVER Love?

        Besides Melo being 30 and Love being 26, let’s investigate this a bit…

        Love, much higher career PER than Melo.

        Love’s PER’s his last two full seasons have NEVER been reached by Melo in ANY of his 11 seasons in the league.

        Love has a higher career 3 pt shooting percentage than Melo

        Love has a higher career free throw percentage than Melo

        Love MORE than doubles the amount of rebounds Melo grabs per 36 min’s of court time

        In Love’s last two full seasons, he’s scored just about the same amount of points (especially when you look at their points per 36 min’s instead of points per game) BUT. Love scores those points on LESS shots than Melo does…

        Love was in the top 10 in the league this past season in points per shot average…

        Melo couldn’t crack the top 40 in points per shot this past season (a good season for Melo too as many say the last two seasons have been Melo’s best).

        So, Love shoots better overall and scores more efficiently, rebounds a whole lot more, more than double actually and don’t forget the age.

        The next 4 seasons of Melo will be his 12th through 15th seasons in the NBA from age 30 through 33.

        Love’s next 4 seasons will be 26 through 29…

        I gotta think that Love at 28 and 29 will be out producing Melo when he’s 32 and 33 yrs old…

        He’s out producing him now… it will only be worse then…

        Neither play defense, so just throw that out…

        Yes, the Bulls need a scorer, we all KNOW this.

        Per 36 min’s of court time this past season, Love averaged 25.9 points on 18.3 shots

        Per 36 min’s of court time this past season, Melo averaged 25.5 points on 19.8 shots.

        Hmm… LESS points on MORE shots, not even HALF the rebounds of Love…

        And he’s 4 yrs older than Love…

      • 00maltliquor - Jun 22, 2014 at 12:18 PM

        @ sports fan

        Melo over Love makes more sense for THAT team. It’s not about who’s better. I would break it down for you in a long winded post like you like to do but I don’t really feel like you’d get it so it’s pointless.

      • chicitybulls - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:12 PM

        sportsfan, you can quote all the stats you like. Numbers tell A story…they don’t tell THE story. To quote a former radio talk show host, “watch the damn game” (not meant as an insult to you, just how he used to put it). When I watch the game (the Bulls, Melo’s and Love’s) it looks to me that Melo would fit better for the Bulls than Love would. They don’t really need a stretch 4, they need another shot creator and Melo is that, much more than Love is.

        The numbers, in a vacuum, may say one thing but there are variables to those numbers.

  5. loubearkane - Jun 21, 2014 at 12:20 PM

    Would ‘Love’ to see Afflalo on the Bulls , they need SCORING

  6. patfic5 - Jun 21, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    Sam Presti! What say you! Legitimate third option behind KD and Russ out here and your still bailing out your boy Perk! Garbage. Window closing!

  7. irvfin3 - Jun 21, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    Very good trade! Chicago gets a scoring machine they need at the SG position along with quality defense that can only improved with the likes of one of the best coaches in the NBA in Thibodeau. I’d still want them to get Melo too if possible.

  8. lakerade - Jun 21, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    This would be solid for CHI, especially if Rose is just not himself. If he is, then this is huge.

  9. mungman69 - Jun 21, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    If the Bulls make this trade they almost certainly would have to move Gibson to afford Melo. NBA teams need at least eight players every night and Chicago won’t have that depth.

  10. JT - Jun 21, 2014 at 6:41 PM

    Aaron would be a good pickup for the Bulls
    As long as Taj isn’t apart of the deal lol

  11. xli2006 - Jun 21, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    Any move the Bulls would make wont mean anything if Rose can’t stay healthy. Even big name free agents have to be wary of Rose’s situation until he proves that he can endure the rigors of full seasons (and extended playoff runs) after having both knees rebuilt AND show the ability to return to the form he showed 3 seasons and prior.

  12. saint1997 - Jun 21, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    Afflalo would be a great move even if they don’t get Melo. Rose Afflalo Butler Gibson Noah is a strong strong unit

  13. themagicfanguy - Jun 21, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    For once people seem to be thinking of fair trades for Afflalo lol, Butler and the 16 pick for Afflalo sounds fair to both teams to me.

  14. robigd - Jun 22, 2014 at 8:31 AM

    What is it with Orlando? Historically, their stars just can’t wait to leave.

    • jimeejohnson - Jun 22, 2014 at 8:45 AM

      It’s that they suck. They haven’t competed for a championship in years. And Orlando’s tamponish like Tampon, I mean Tampa.

      Just kidding about Florida. It’s a paradise, especially in winter.

  15. demo3356 - Jun 22, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    What about Afflalo and Jameer for the 16 and 19 and the Magic take back Boozers expiring deal o make salaries match. Bulls get 2 good offensive payers without losing Butler, the Magic get 2 more picks in the teens and the Bulls dont hurt their cap situation. Magic can either eat Boozers deal for the year or try and peddle him off at the deadline to another team,. Everybody wins!!

  16. themagicfanguy - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    How cute, a loser bandwagon fan trying to talk trash about the Magic. LOL

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