The Chicago Bulls are sitting in an interesting spot within the NBA Draft order with the fourth overall pick.
If a top-3 touted prospect such as LaMelo Ball or Anthony Edwards fall, Chicago will be right there with a chance to take them. The next group of guys like Killian Hayes, Deni Avdija, Devin Vassell, and Isaac Okoro will have a few options still on the board if the Bulls stay put.
“I think [Karnišovas] might move up, because I think No. 1 with Minnesota and No. 2 (with Golden State) is going to be readily available,” Haberstroh said. “I would be surprised if you didn’t see Charlotte (at No. 3) or Chicago move up in the draft.”
It’s certainly not out of the realm of possibility that if Chicago were to move up, they would have to give up one of the guys in their young core (Lauri Markkanen, Wendell Carter Jr., Coby White) in order to make this deal happen. It would be a very bold move by Karnisovas to move one of the younger players on the Bull’s roster but it would also truly signify the start of a new era of management in Chicago.
But nobody knows if the Bulls are super high on any of the top prospects in this year’s class. Zach Lowe of ESPN recently talked about Chicago on his podcast and had this to say about the Bulls chances of jumping into the top three (via):
I don’t think the Bulls are paying that price. When I stumbled upon that and started surveying people around the league, my talking it through with them is that’s a lot to pay to move up two spots. Unless you just love somebody, but I don’t think Chicago loves somebody,
Back on Lottery night, Karnisovas said this about their current position.
Karnisovas: "I've never picked this high. I let it always play out. We're doing a bunch of rankings. Minimize the noise and pick the best player available."— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) August 21, 2020
If the Bulls are not sure any of those guys at the top of the draft board can be a future superstar , they shouldn’t do a deal. You shouldn’t give up picks and players to draft a guy in the top three unless you are convinced they can be that type of player.
We are less than a month away from the 2020 NBA Draft and that means the rumor mill will start picking up, with both legitimate insight into the Bulls plans yet also smoke screens. We can’t say which angle of trading up or down fits quite yet.