The Chicago Bulls have experienced a cleaned house this summer. They fired long-time GM Gar Forman and hired Artūras Karnišovas as the new president of basketball operations who then fired Jim Boylen and replaced him with Billy Donovan.
With a new front office at the helm, The Bulls prepared to make a splash as soon as draft night. According to Tom Haberstroh, the plan is to trade up from the #4 pick to get towards the top of the draft.
“I think [Karnišovas] might move up, because I think No. 1 with Minnesota and No. 2 (with Golden State) is going to be readily available,” Haberstroh said. “I would be surprised if you didn’t see Charlotte (at No. 3) or Chicago move up in the draft.”
Fortunately for Chicago, this might be the easiest draft up in for a while as there’s no consensus top prospect and the teams with the top two picks (Warriors and Timberwolves) are both interested in trading down or out of their pick.
At the top, the Bulls would have a lot of options. They could target James Wiseman to be the big of the future alongside Lauri Marrkanen in the front court, or Lamelo Ball the be the future franchise point guard, maybe even Anthony Edwards to see if he and Zach Lavine can function can together in the wing spots. Israel forward Deni Avdija has also been linked with the Chicago Bulls ever since they moved up the the fourth pick.
Regardless of what Karnišovas plans to do with their first round pick, it has to be refreshing for Chicago Bulls fans to have an aggressive front office that’s determined to obtain what they desire.