It is not news that the Bulls are looking for another scorer on their roster. It seems like this has been the discussion for the past few off-seasons. They have tried out many players like Mike Dunleavy Jr., Richard Hamilton, and Kyle Korver to fill key scoring roles, but none of them could exceed expectations of what Chicago needed from its shooting guard spot.
Chicago also dealt small forward Luol Deng to the Cavaliers during the season. While Jimmy Butler is an excellent defender and has shown flashes of scoring ability, he may not be the answer as a full-time starter. That proves the need for scoring even more.
Afflalo, 28, 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.
It is unclear how the Bulls’ pursuit of Afflalo would impact the franchise’s free-agent interest in New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony.
The Bulls are searching for shooting to surround the returning Derrick Rose, and Afflalo is coming off his best offensive season, averaging 18.2 points per game on 45.9 percent shooting.
Chicago owns the 16th and 19th overall picks in the draft, and assuredly one of those selections would be included in a possible package with the Magic. Orlando has the fourth and 12th picks in Thursday’s draft and a rapidly developing young core of talent, including guard Victor Oladipo and center Nikola Vucevic.
A deal would make plenty of sense for both sides that could happen as soon as Thursday, during the 2014 NBA Draft. If Carmelo Anthony heads to Chicago next month, this could be a scary team that threatens the Miami Heat’s four consecutive NBA Finals appearances.