Are the Bulls trading up?

According to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, the Bulls secretly worked out Jonny Flynn over the weekend. In case you didn’t know, most mock drafts have Flynn pegged as a lottery pick. According to ESPN’s Chad Ford: “Over the past few weeks, a number of GMs seem to have been warming to Flynn and he looks like a potential lottery pick at the moment. A number of teams in the lottery including the Kings (No. 4), the Wizards (No. 5), the Timberwolves (No. 6), the Warriors (No. 7), the Knicks (No. 8), the Bucks (No. 10), the Pacers (No. 13) and the Suns (No. 14) all need point guards. And after speaking with at least one source from every team, I learned Flynn is in the mix for all of them.”

The Bulls currently own the 16th and 26th picks…so why are they working out somebody who should be long gone before they get the chance to make a selection? Are they hoping that all those other teams will balk at Flynn’s size? (According to Ford: “Syracuse has listed him, generously, at 6 feet for the past two seasons. Standing next to him, it’s easy to see that Flynn will be lucky if he can crack 5-foot-11 in shoes. A measurement of 5-foot-10 is a better bet.”) Or are they planning to trade up for a better pick? And even if they do get Flynn, don’t we already have an All-Star point guard in the making in Derrick Rose? It seems a little early to start grooming his replacement. I suppose it’s possible that the Bulls would draft him and then immediately package him in another trade…but who knows?

Still, considering that the team is set at the point and we hardly need to worry about splitting up minutes between two lottery picks, I don’t see Flynn becoming a Bull. Still, here’s his profile at Oh, and here’s some video of him making a poster…

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9 Responses to Are the Bulls trading up?

    frankie soul May 27, 2009 at 4:25 pm #

    This could be savvy move if we are planning to trade him but anything else would unprecedented.

    Well not quite. The Detroit Lions did draft receivers for like 5 conescutive years. Hinrich, Gordon, Rose and now Flynn.

    Let’s go Bulls.

    Charles May 27, 2009 at 4:41 pm #

    Drafting Flynn, after moving up, would be a waste of time and effort. They already have Derrick Rose and they still have Hinrich. I would be looking to move Noah and/or the expiring contract of Miller for a legit big man that can protect the paint and maybe even draw a double team. Not a small point guard who would be stuck on the bench.

    A great article today about if the NBA had a All Junior Team, see where Tyrus Thomas ranks on it:

    rocky May 27, 2009 at 8:52 pm #

    What are you talking about move Noah. Noah is a beast on the glass and can be a defensive specialist. We’re going to give up on a kid after his second season. I see us trading Kirk Hinrich and maybe deng to move up. I honestly think the bulls should stand pat and draft BJ Mullens. Theirs rumors that minnesota would give up their 18th and 28th for Kirk Hinrich. I’d Jump on that and just stock load young talent for a possible mid season trade.

    16th-BJ Mullens-Legit Low post center with offensive skills.
    18th-Terrance Williams-super athletic,good defense.
    26th-DaJuan Summers-athletic, great perimeter shot, strong.
    28th-Darren Collison-great perimeter defender, shoots high percentage from the ft line(88%) and three pt line(43.5%)

    AK Dave May 27, 2009 at 9:40 pm #

    rocky- have you SEEN BJ Mullens play?

    Look, I went to OSU. I saw looots of their games this year. He sucks. This guy is the worst center I can remember at Ohio State. Ever. He’s tall, and that’s about it. He has all the post presence and skill of Greg Ostertag, but he’s probably slower and can’t jump as high. That’s all I have to say about that.

    If we lose Hinrich, then Flynn would be a nice pickup. I like the guy; though he is another undersized guard and I doubt he can D-up anywhere near as well as Kirk.

    Moving D-Rose to the 2 and playing Flynn at the point could work as well. That backcourt could end up similar to a San Antonio style where the 2-guard (manu) is the better creator and distributor, while the point-guard (tony) is a shoot-first guy. Just a thought. It worked for SA. Ideally, the Bulls keep Captain Kirk and dont have to take a chance on Flynn at all.

    I guess we’ll see.

  5. Boydsince1978 May 29, 2009 at 2:57 am #

    Why isn’t anybody thinking package Deng, Captain Kirk, and the 16th pick to move up to pick Jordan Hill from Arizona. He’s a beast on the inside and can play either the four or five. This would give the Bulls a lot of versitility in the front court and makes them a matchup problem for many teams in the East like Orlando is a matchup problem for the Cleveland Lebron’s.

    rocky May 30, 2009 at 8:48 pm #

    Yes I have seen him play and before he went to that horrible basketball school in ohio state who doesn’t know how to use skilled big men at all.He should of gone to UNC and he would been used right. Thad Matta is a horrible coach and doesn’t know how to develope top tier talent.

    rocky May 30, 2009 at 8:51 pm #

    deng, kirk hinrich, and the #16 pick to draft Hill. You must be joking right. The dude is not Amare or Bosh. Give up all that for an unproven rookie. You do know hill only wieghs about 210lbs.

    Art May 31, 2009 at 5:07 am #

    Hill would not solve much for Chicago. The best top talent for the Bulls would be Blake Griffin or Thabeet and neither will be available at 16 or 24. They should draft some solid role players and develope depth.

    I personally am not a big fan of Amare or Bosh as I see both as complimentary players.(2nd options) Similar to Pau Gasol with LA. Neither plays great defense and both are jump shooters. I’d prefer have a defensive player like Tyrus or Noah.

    rocky June 4, 2009 at 6:19 pm #

    I agree. I prefer Tyrus over Amare and Bosh. Tyrus’s per minute production is just as good offensively as bosh and amare. The bulls just need to give him the reigns at power forward and start playing 35mpg. I garauntee he scores between 16-20ppg,grabs between 8-12rpg, blocks 3-5 shots, and gets about 2spg, which would be better numbers than both Amare and Bosh overall. What I think the bulls should do in the draft:

    Trade Kirk Hinrich to minnesota for the 18th pick and Cardinal, Brewers expiring deals.

    Draft-SG-Terrence Williams at 16
    Draft-C-BJ Mullens at 18
    Draft-PG-Darren Collison at 26

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