Bulls Rumors: Chicago 'Enamored' with Trae Young, 'High' on Collin Sexton

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistJune 4, 2018

Trae Young, center, from Oklahoma, listens to a question during the interview segment at the NBA draft basketball combine Friday, May 18, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
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Kris Dunn was a major part of the package the Chicago Bulls acquired for Jimmy Butler last summer.

That won't stop them from drafting a point guard if one they like is available.

Vincent Goodwill of NBC Sports Chicago reported the Bulls are "enamored" with Oklahoma's Trae Young and have interest in Alabama's Collin Sexton. Chicago drafts seventh after going 27-55 in 2017-18.

Both Young and Sexton are different types of players than Dunn, who might be able to fit next to either as a secondary ball-handler and defensive menace. Dunn doesn't do a great job of creating yet at the NBA level; his collegiate assist numbers are yet to transfer over on a consistent basis to the pros. 

Young led college basketball in scoring (27.4 PPG) and assists (8.7 APG) and drew comparisons to Steph Curry for his impossible shot-making skills. 

"I love the comparisons," Young told ESPN at the NBA Draft Combine. "He's a two-time MVP and a champion. I love the comparison, but I feel like I bring a lot of different things from different players, different players' games to the table. I'm just trying to be the best version of Trae Young. That's all that matters to me. I'm just getting started in this thing. Hopefully I can achieve some of those things."

Sexton is an attack-first athlete whose fit next to Dunn is a little less seamless. Neither Sexton nor Dunn is an especially plus shooter, and the Bulls could have a spacing crunch if they share the floor. Sexton is also still only developing as a passer, averaging 3.6 assists per game as a freshman.

Perhaps the biggest takeaway here is that Chicago is going to take the best player available regardless of fit to its current roster.