What are some things to watch as the Chicago Bulls prepare for draft night?
Later this evening, Chicago Bulls fans will have an opportunity to sit back and enjoy a night of excitement as they watch the 2020 NBA Draft unfold. Frankly, it’ll be a welcome change from the trainwreck that has been the Chicago Bears and the news that Theo Epstein is leaving the Chicago Cubs.
But enough with the bad news. Let’s focus on the good news, which is the Bulls, for once don’t have the seventh overall pick! Instead, they currently sit in the fourth position. However, that could change as there have been a number of rumors swirling around the league heading into tonight’s draft.
Now it’s important, as always, to remember these rumors must be taken with a grain of salt. However, let’s take a quick look at some of the rumors to keep an eye on tonight as you watch the draft.
Chicago Bulls moving on from Wendell Carter?
The latest rumor to surface this morning is that the team has been in discussion with the Golden State Warriors about the possibility of acquiring the No. 2 overall pick. However, that would take a significant amount of capital, including Wendell Carter Jr. and the fourth overall pick.
Rumor has it that if the Bulls made such a move, their target would be James Wiseman out of the University of Memphis. There are rumors that the Charlotte Hornets, currently at No. 3 overall, also like Wiseman, so if that’s the Bulls guy, they’ll have to work a deal with the Warriors.
It would be interesting if the Bulls gave up on Carter so soon, considering he was neither used nor developed properly by Jim Boylen. However, they may prefer Wiseman’s upside. Stay tuned.
Could the Chicago Bulls be eyeing Kemba Walker?
There is another rumor, albeit with a little less meat on the bone, that the Bulls have at least kicked the tires on Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker. While appearing on OMF on WEEI, NBA insider Kevin O’Connor confirmed as much, though he did not necessarily provide details on what the price would be.
You’d have to think it would include the fourth pick, but that seems like a steep price for an aging guard, despite how good Walker has been. This one may need to be filed under the “Bulls are just doing their due diligence” because it would be hard to see them give up so much for Walker.
Wild card in the mix with the Chicago Bulls?
One team that has also been looking to move up in the draft is the New York Knicks. The Knicks currently hold the eighth overall pick. Interestingly enough, they have already made a move to acquire the No. 23 overall pick from the Utah Jazz in exchange for No. 27 and No. 38.
While the Knicks are looking to move up to No. 2, it is unclear who their top target might be. It is possible that their target is still available when the Bulls are on the clock at No. 4. If so, could the Knicks try to make a move with the Bulls in exchange for their two first-round picks?
The bottom line is tonight is going to be an exciting few hours for Bulls fans who will no doubt be glued to their television and Twitter.