ESPN's Jeff Goodman had the news, and Ken Berger of CBS Sports reported a league source confirmed the move:
Doug McDermott has been traded to Chicago for 16 and 19, sources told ESPN.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) June 27, 2014
League source confirms earlier reports: 11th pick Doug McDermott goes from Denver to Chicago for 16th and 19th picks.— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) June 27, 2014
The best player in college basketball last year, Dougie McBuckets can absolutely fill it up. He's arguably the draft's best shooter, but he is also capable of taking opponents off the dribble or posting up smaller defenders.
Grantland's Kirk Goldsberry noted his immense versatility.
In Doug McDermott, the Nuggets get a truly creative scorer and a great shooter. pic.twitter.com/te82gMTOun— Kirk Goldsberry (@kirkgoldsberry) June 27, 2014
That's perfect for the Chicago Bulls, who finished 27th in the NBA last season in offensive rating (99.7 points per 100 possessions) and desperately needed some firepower on that end of the ball.
The 6'8" Creighton product, via the Chicago Tribune's K.C. Johnson, is happy with the fit, as well:
McDermott's defense is undoubtedly a question mark, and probably the reason he dropped out of the top 10, but as Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix and DraftExpress' Mike Schmitz argued, he is now under the one coach who can get the most out of him on that end of the court.
McDermott from draft combine: "I know this would be a great spot for me. They’re real familiar with my game and have seen me play a lot.”— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) June 27, 2014
If anyone can figure out how to mask McDermott's defensive deficiencies, it's Tom Thibodeau. And McDermott's shooting will be huge.— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) June 27, 2014
Of course, it's also impossible to ignore the Carmelo Anthony factor. Not only do the Bulls get a player in McDermott who can immediately improve the team, they free up cap space by unloading two picks. Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel and Basketball Insiders' Nate Duncan touched on that:
Love McDermott in Chi. Gives them offensive punch and a high IQ defender. Will be great in their Team D oriented scheme.— Mike Schmitz (@Mike_Schmitz) June 27, 2014
That's a great trade for Chicago. Send McDermott to the corner, opens up so much space for Rose. And Melo? (Plus, saves $).— Pete Thamel (@SIPeteThamel) June 27, 2014
On the flip side, Andy Glockner noted it was certainly a nice haul for the Nuggets, who get two top-20 picks in a stacked draft:
I'm just fine with this McDermott trade to the Bulls assuming it is 16 and 19. Cap hold is $1.9 for 11th pick, $2.7 for 16 and 19 combined.— Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) June 27, 2014
Those picks turned into Jusuf Nurkic, a powerful old-school center with good agility and soft hands, and Gary Harris, a smooth-shooting 2-guard who can defend.
Mannix applauded both picks, while ESPN's Kevin Pelton called the Nuggets the early winners of the draft:
Ooooooh. Like this for DEN. RT @GoodmanESPN: Doug McDermott has been traded to Chicago for 16 and 19, sources told ESPN.— Andy Glockner (@AndyGlockner) June 27, 2014
Nice draft for the Nuggets. Nurkic is a project, but has strong offensive potential. If Harris can get his shot right, he's a steal at 19.— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) June 27, 2014
This is what trades are made for. The Bulls got offense and cap space. The Nuggets got two players who easily could have been taken at No. 11 without anyone batting an eye.
Overall, this is a win-win situation that should help Chicago remain atop the East and Denver return to the postseason in the always-improving West.