Chicago Bulls Reportedly Aiming for Arron Afflalo Trade

Stephen BabbFeatured ColumnistJune 21, 2014

USA Today

It might not be a Carmelo Anthony sighting, but the Chicago Bulls are apparently already working the phones in an attempt to surround Derrick Rose with improved talent.

Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports that, "The Chicago Bulls are pursuing a trade for Orlando Magic swingman Arron Afflalo, league sources told Yahoo Sports."

Wojnarwoski notes that, "It is unclear how the Bulls' pursuit of Afflalo would impact the franchise's free-agent interest in New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony."

If anything, one would surmise that acquiring someone of Afflalo's ilk may actually aid in the pursuit of Anthony. The 28-year-old shooting guard would give the Bulls one of the league's more underrated two-way players. 

While playing for the Orlando Magic this season, Afflalo averaged 18.2 points on 45.9-percent shooting from the field. It was his most productive campaign yet, thanks in large part to the fact that he was leading the way for a young, rebuilding club. All the same, Afflalo's numbers don't lie. He made 42.7 of his three-point attempts and further established himself as more than just a perimeter defender.

Afflalo's offensive game developed during his three seasons with the Denver Nuggets (after two with the Detroit Pistons), but he's really come into his own over the last two seasons in Orlando. He's finally received the opportunity to be something of a featured scorer.

The bottom line for the Bulls is that every little bit of help counts. This is a team that aims to contend, and it will struggle to do so without adding the right pieces. 

CBSSports' Zach Harper explains:

The Chicago Bulls are primed to have a very active offseason. With the way the roster has been constructed over the past few seasons, they've been relying on Derrick Rose to carry a defensive-centric team to the NBA championship. The problems with that are Rose doesn't have much help on the offensive end of the floor and he hasn't been able to stay on the floor either, due to injuries. The Bulls are apparently adamant about getting Rose some help.

Where Afflalo might fit into Chicago's plans likely depends on what the rest of the offseason has in store for this team. As the roster currently stands, Afflalo would probably join Jimmy Butler on the wing with Mike Dunleavy coming off the bench. That would change if Chicago finds some way to land their prized target, Carmelo Anthony. The rotation would change even more if the Bulls wind up acquiring Anthony via sign-and-trade.

Wojnarowski points out that Afflalo, "has two years left on his contract – including an Early Termination Option (ETO) provision next summer – and front office executives believe the Magic are prioritizing a trade for Afflalo over working to extend his contract."

Those two remaining years are worth just $7,562,500 and $7,750,000, relatively modest sums for a player who puts up Afflalo's kind of numbers. Besides, given Chicago's win-now mentality, it may be the case that no price is too great.