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Scenarios where the Chicago Bulls trade up in the 2016 NBA Draft

Let's craft up a scenario where the Bulls trade up in the draft.

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The 14 spot offers a lot of options for the Bulls, they can pick from a handful of players and the mock draft experts show that the Bulls can go a number of different routes when it comes to their draft pick. But apparently the Bulls are looking at another option, trading up.

According to reports from the Chicago Tribune's K.C. Johnson a few weeks ago, the Bulls are looking to draft a point guard. The Bulls are looking towards the future and with Derrick Rose entering his final year of his contract, it seems clear that the Bulls and Rose are headed towards a potential split next summer.

One name the Bulls are really interested in is Providence guard Kris Dunn. He was outstanding for the Friars as he averaged 16.4 points, 6.2 assists, and 5.2 rebounds per game and led them to the Round of 32 in the NCAA tournament. Dunn would be a great fit for the Bulls as his size and athleticism can help on defense and he can score the ball. But there is one problem: Dunn is probably going to be gone way before the Bulls pick.

I'm not saying the Bulls should trade up, as I personally think that they shouldn't. But let's take a look at how the Bulls could possibly trade their way into a higher pick.

Who would they trade with? Realistically there are about two teams that the Bulls could pull off a trade with. Those two teams are Boston and the Sacramento. Both have their sets of positives and negatives when it comes to trades.


The Celtics are loaded with trade assets. Players such as Jae Crowder, Avery Bradley, and Marcus Smart are all on the table, and GM Danny Ainge isn't afraid to pull the trigger if it means having a star come to Boston. Although the Celtics offer a plethora of options, Chicago will likely have to trade away their best player, Jimmy Butler, for this trade to work.. Considering the Bulls reportedly making amends with Butler, and the fact that they sent him to be the representative for Chicago at the draft lottery, it seems unlikely that they would move him. But this is the Bulls we are talking about and anything can happen.

Boston receives Jimmy Butler

Chicago receives : #3 pick, Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder

Since Boston has three picks in this draft already, Chicago won't need to throw in their #14 pick considering how much they are losing in Butler.

Chicago would be receiving two solid players in Bradley and Crowder. Both are very solid defenders as Bradley is one of the top perimeter defenders in the league. They can give you some offensive output as well and depth at the shooting guard and small forward position. But obviously, the real question is Chicago willing to start a full-on rebuild, which would be underway by trading Butler.


The Bulls and the Kings were reportedly in discussions at the trade deadline for a deal that would have sent Pau Gasol to Sacramento in exchange for Kosta Koufus and Ben McLemore, but the front office decided that this roster with Gasol was good enough to make the playoffs. The move completely backfired on them and now with Gasol likely opting out of his contract, the Bulls missed a golden opportunity to get something in exchange for the big man.

The one main problem with a potential draft-day deal with the Kings is that they  pick 8th and Chicago would still need a miracle to have Dunn drop down to them. But the chances of him dropping to 8th is much better than him dropping all the way to 14th. If the Bulls decide that Dunn is not their guy, then they can still try and trade into the top 10 to get a talented impact player, but with the options they have at #14 it might not be the smartest move.

Sacramento receives the 14th pick, the 2017 protected pick (originally owned by the Kings), Tony Snell, and Taj Gibson

Bulls receive #8 pick and Kosta Koufus

Unlike the trade with Boston, Chicago won't be getting a lot of players/picks back to move up 6 spots. They will get Koufos, who was linked to them at the trade deadline. He is an ok backup center and can score somewhat around the win. Not a pure scorer at the rim, but will give the Bulls some solid minutes.

Chicago would give back that Kings pick, which would likely turn into two 2nd round picks a 2017 2nd round pick anyway as it's the last year where the Kings can finish out of the bottom 10. Trading Gibson will be hard but it may be a move that Chicago might have to make. With a younger frontcourt, Gibson looks expendable despite his leadership abilities and defense. Trading Tony Snell would be a positive, so why not throw him in there.

This looks to be a key offseason for the Bulls and the first question they will be facing is the possibility of trading up in the draft. Will Chicago pull the trigger?