With the meat of the NBA draft combine behind us, what prospects have interviewed with the Bulls? If you want a reading on who the Bulls may take in the draft on June 21, maybe it’d be better to list the guys Gar/Pax didn’t bother talking to.
It’s not a real indication of who they’ll draft. After all, these are the same guys who selected Lauri Markkanen without talking to him first (it turned out well, but still).
Reminder when hearing prospect X met with team Y at the combine: The NBA randomly assigns different prospects to different teams. GMs don’t just pick their favorite players to interview.— Jonathan Wasserman (@NBADraftWass) May 18, 2018
But, I digress.
Although he fielded a flurry of questions from Chicago-based media this week, fan-favorite prospect Michael Porter Jr. hasn’t interviewed with the team yet but....
Michael Porter Jr. hasn't met with #Bulls this week and doesn't have a meeting scheduled with them. But they've talked to his agency, and the full expectation is they'll have him in for a workout. He's local now, training in Chicago.— Cody Westerlund (@CodyWesterlund) May 17, 2018
Meanwhile, Texas center Mo Bamba has met with the Bulls which is unsurprising considering his projected draft position is right where Chicago falls. Even more unsurprising is that the Bulls have met with Creighton wing Khyri Thomas, who has the Iowa and Greg McDermott connections going for him (Greg is the head coach of Creighton and is Doug McDermott’s dad). To be fair to Thomas though, he’s a tough guard with decent size and he shot the ball at a 41.1 percent clip from 3-point land in college. So he has some tools the Bulls could use, although Chicago’s roster is packed with bodies at the shooting guard position.
After reports from Chicago Sun-Times reporter Joe Cowley indicated the Bulls aren’t high on Trae Young, the front office still took the time to interview him during the combine. Duke freshman Wendell Carter Jr. also has interviewed with the Bulls which isn’t surprising considering his projected draft slot.
The Bulls also interviewed Bridges, but it was Miles and not Mikal.
Finally, although there’s no formal report of him interviewing with the Bulls, that one guy from Duke you hate and probably don’t want the Bulls to draft really likes the city.
Grayson Allen had an internship in Chicago last summer and fell in love with the city.— Mark Strotman (@markstrot) May 17, 2018
"I love the city of Chicago. It’s a great place with great people, and the Bulls are a great franchise. It would be amazing to play for a team like that."
Grayson Allen is going to be wearing Bulls red and black one way or another next season, isn’t he?