The Bulls had four needs this offseason: scorer, shooter along with back-ups at the point guard and center/power forward position. By trading the 16 and 19 picks for Doug McDermott, the Bulls filled the need for a shooter. However, with those two picks, they could have got Jusuf Nurkic and Shabazz Napier or Gary Harris to fill the back-up big as well as back-up point guard or shooter (they drafted Nurkic and Harris and sent them to Denver to receive McDermott). While the Bulls may have got the best shooter in the draft, they may have given up too much.
Originally, the trade was reported without the addition of Anthony Randolph to Chicago. The trade made perfect sense, as Chicago filled a need, and saved more salary cap space than if used both of their first round picks. However, the addition of Randolph scratches some heads, as the Bulls will take a $1.75 million extra cap hit from Randolph next year. This means the Bulls took more of a cap hit from draft night than if they kept their selections, and still only filled one of their off-season needs. This makes it more difficult for the Bulls to sign Carmelo Anthony, a player they desperately need because they are very low on cap flexibility as it is. Continue reading