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Bulls trade up in draft to land Doug McDermott

The Bulls got their man, trading picks 16 and 19, plus a 2015 second-round to Denver for Doug McDermott
The Bulls got their man, trading picks 16 and 19, plus a 2015 second-round to Denver for Doug McDermott

There's no shortage of teams trying to create the cap space needed to sign free agent Carmelo Anthony.

In the last draft where the Bulls' brain trust will convene at the Berto Center, they packaged picks 16, 19 and a 2015 second-round pick for the rights to Crieghton's Doug McDermott, who was selected with the 11th pick by the Denver Nuggets.

The Nuggets used the two picks to select Bosnian center Jusuf Nurkic and Michigan State's Gary Harris. The Bulls also selected New Mexico's Cameron Bairstow with the 49th pick in the second round.

The Bulls also took back Anthony Randolph and his expiring $1.825 deal

The move saves the Bulls $329,000 and it could make Mike Dunleavy and his $3.3 million expiring deal expendable in a sign-and-trade scenario.

McDermott definitely helps the Bulls with their woeful outside shooting and should be able to step into coach Tom Thibodeau's rotation immediately.

The four-year college star averaged an NCAA-best 26.7 points per game as a senior and shot 45.8 percent from 3-pt range.

The add stays on par with the Bulls draft selections that value experience, versatility and character.

Next for the Bulls will be trying to engage the New York Knicks in sign-and-trade talks, which would rid them of Carlos Boozer and his expiring $16.8 million, give the Knicks added salary relief next summer and also help deliver the max contract that would please Anthony. New York can still offer Anthony more money and the security of an extra year, but Knicks' President Phil Jackson has made it known that he's challenged Anthony to take less money, so they can have more space to sign other players of value.

Acquiring the All-Star small forward via sign-and-trade would keep the Bulls above the cap and allow them to use exceptions to add more depth, such as Nikola Mirotic.

With Miami's LeBron James also opting out of his contract, making himself available to hear pitches from other teams, there will be a lot more wheeling and dealing for he and Anthony's service.

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