Your excitement is warranted, but totally misplaced. This NBA draft will rock. Some many good players and the Bulls have two picks in the teens. They haven’t drafted so high since 2009 when they landed James Johnson (um… don’t let that damper your excitement). It’s so fun to argue about which shooter best fits the Bulls. But that misses the twin goals for the Bulls in this draft. Given the chance to add Anthony or Love, the Bulls will be focused on adding assets and cap space rather than drafting two players who fit their needs.
So here’s what the Bulls should do.
Draft Dario Saric - Assuming McDermott, Harris and Stauskas are gone, Saric is perfect. As a late lottery talent who slips because he’s not coming to the states for two seasons, drafting Saric creates much more value than trading one of these picks for a future first that likely won’t come in such a rich draft. Stashing #16 abroad opens up 960,000 in cap space.
Trade Mike Dunleavy Jr. for Oklahoma City’s #29. Ideally, you could package Dunleavy and #49 for #21, but that might be too much. OKC can absorb Dunleavy with a trade exception, is a contender, is shopping a pick according to Chad Ford and needs to add veterans who contribute without dribbling the ball. Trading Dunleavy for #29 opens up 2.4M in cap space. Whoever is picked is likely to provide more value in a Love or Anthony deal than Dunleavy would. #29 also is in range of several international players that could be left in Europe if necessary.
Consider trading #19 and #29. The Bulls shouldn’t be wedded to any particular player so if they have a deal that increases total value, they should take it.
These moves wouldn’t produce the thrill of selecting your favorite wing, but they’d be building blocks towards adding Anthony and trying to win now.