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Bulls won’t look to trade up for higher lottery pick

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Don’t expect the Chicago Bulls to shock the NBA Draft room once again this season, as the franchise won’t be looking to make any eye-opening trades during this year’s iteration.

The Bulls wound up with the seventh overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft Lottery, the same slot they selected rookie Lauri Markkanen with last offseason after trading cornerstone Jimmy Butler for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and swapping selections with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

“That’s a long way off,” Bulls VP John Paxson said, when posed with the possibility of pulling that off again, according to Darnell Mayberry of The Athletic. “We may not even want to do that, and it’s hard to do — to trade up — unless you have something really valuable.”

“Obviously, you’d love to get up there so you can control things for your franchise. But we got Lauri [Markkanen] last year at seven. I’m very confident that we’ll get a player that we like a lot and will fit the direction we’re heading with the seventh pick.”

Paxon however, isn’t opposed to drafting a player despite a conflict of position — looking to garner the best talent available once the franchise is called upon to make a selection.

“Absolutely not,” he said. “We talk about needs, and we obviously have some needs that I’ve spoken about before,” Paxson continued. “But most times we’ve gone down our board and the best player available, we’ve taken.”

Players like Kris Dunn and Bobby Portis have taken huge strides this season, but could likely see some competition, according to how the dominoes fall on draft night.