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Bulls pursuing Magic's Afflalo

In a move that would address a position of need and add defense and shooting to the wing, Yahoo Sports reported on Saturday that the Bulls are pursuing a trade for the Orlando Magic's Arron Afflalo.

Afflalo is coming off his best offensive season, averaging 18.2 points while shooting 45.2 percent from the field and 42 percent from 3-pt range. He will make $7.5 million next season and holds a player option for the same amount for the 2015-16 season.

The Bulls own the 16th and 19th pick in next week's NBA draft and have made it known that one or both picks can be had as they are looking to avoid two rookie-scale contracts. One of the picks would assuredly be headed to Orlando in a move for Afflalo.

The Tribune also reports that the non-guaranteed contracts of Ronnie Brewer, Mike James and Lou Amundson, equaling $4 million together, are also available.

The Tribune also states the Bulls' targeting of Afflalo is to send a clear message to their primary free agent target Carmelo Anthony that they're serious about winning now. Both played together in Denver.

Even if the Bulls lucked out on Anthony, Afflalo would be an improvement at the shooting guard position, allowing Jimmy Butler to move back to small forward.

In a perfect scenario, the Bulls would love to include Carlos Boozer and the $16.8 million he is owed next season in a sign-and-trade agreement with the New York Knicks for Anthony.

The Knicks don't appear to be interested in Boozer, despite the added relief his contract would provide as it is up next summer along with the contracts of Tyson Chandler, Amar'e Stoudemire and Andrea Bargnani.