Mike McGraw of the Daily Herald discusses rumors, like the one about the Bulls trying to trade their draft picks (numbers 16 and 26) for New Jersey’s (number 11): “This has been discussed, but hasn’t really heated up. There has been talk that the Nets like North Carolina’s Tyler Hansbrough, who should be available at 16. So it’s possible New Jersey is more interested in moving down than the Bulls are in moving up. This is generally regarded as a weak draft, so the Bulls have to ask themselves if it’s really worth giving up that No. 26 pick, which could bring a backup point guard like Toney Douglas or Darren Collison, or an extra big man.” I have to agree. If the Bulls can’t make a deal for someone like Chris Bosh (whom the Raptors seem determined to hang on to for a little longer) or pull off some other team-boosting trade, they might as well draft a couple first-rounders and develop them this season. (Of course, that means we have to rely on Vinny Del Negro to do the developing…)
Meanwhile, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune would like you to know that the Bulls’ draft plans all center around Derrick Rose, which is kind of like saying that living centers around eating, drinking, breathing and not walking in front of a moving bus. K.C. also provides a list of the top five shooting guards that might be available when the Bulls make their first selection: Gerald Henderson, Terrence Williams, Jeff Teague, Wayne Ellington and Toney Douglas.
Louisville’s Earl Clark cancelled the workout he had scheduled with the Bulls on Sunday. Clark said he was injured, but most people who care about these things believe it’s more likely that Earl simply doesn’t think he’ll still be available when the Bulls are making their selections. Or maybe he was nervous about how the Berto Center lost power on Saturday. After all, the scuttlebutt following Clark around is that he’s soft.
Pippin Ain’t Easy grades the Bulls’ recent drafts. I know this is going to shock you, but they got an A+ for picking Derrick Rose last season.