The NBA draft is now less than a week away, and the Chicago Tribune has just broke news that the Bulls are looking to package their 16th and 26th overall picks to move up in the selection process.
The Tribune has reported that "several media outlets" have confirmed that one of the teams looking to potentially move down would be the New Jersey Nets, who currently hold the 11th overall selection.
It remains to be seen which player the Bulls could be targeting if they obtain a higher pick, but the smart money is on Duke guard Gerald Henderson. It was previously rumored that the Bulls were interested in the swingman, but Charlotte, sitting at pick No. 12, are also rumored to be very interested in Henderson.
This is not a sure thing by any means, and the Bulls could also be targeting North Carolina forward Tyler Hansbrough, Wake Forest teammates guard Jeff Teague and forward James Johnson, Syracuse guard Jonny Flynn, or Pitt forward DeJuan Blair.
The Bulls could also be looking to dump one of the rookie contracts that could result from a trade, saving them $600,000.
Also, per the Tribune and according to Yahoo! Sports, the Bulls are looking to trade away the contract of Jerome James which stands at $6.6 million.
Both moves may be coupled in an effort to re-sign shooting guard Ben Gordon, although that appears less and less likely by the day.
Another option could be Toronto, who would potentially be interested in a sign and trade for star forward Chris Bosh. Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo is looking to extend Bosh, but the 2010 free agent to be is expected to decline any offer.
That in mind, the Raptors' best option would be to trade Bosh and get maximum value in return. Here is a projected trade that could work out for both sides:
- F Luol Deng
- C Jerome James
- 16th overall pick
- 26th overall pick
- F Chris Bosh
- 9th overall pick
This is all purely speculation, but it could work out for both sides. The Raptors would get maximum value in return for their soon to be free agent forward, and the Bulls could add the low post scoring they have lacked for quite some time now.
Some are not in favor of Bosh, as he is a softer player, but there is no denying the kid has talent.
This week should prove to be very interesting for the Chicago Bulls.