John Paxson says Bulls ‘will have a very open mind’ with No. 7 pick
The Chicago Bulls learned which pick they will have in the 2019 NBA Draft during Tuesday night’s lottery. The ping pong balls favored the New Orleans Pelicans this time around, and the Bulls came away with the No. 7 overall selection after falling three spots. Exactly what Chicago plans to do with that pick remains to be seen. For now, executive vice president of basketball operations John Paxson is keeping an open mind:
“We will have a very open mind with the No. 7 pick,” Paxson told the “Mully & Haugh Show” on 670 The Score in Chicago. “We need to find the best player we can. We have not given up on Kris Dunn, but we need really good play form that position.”
This year’s draft is viewed as a weaker one, but there are still several talented prospects at or near the top of the board. However, the Bulls, who finished the 2018-19 regular season with a 22-60 overall record, might not be interested in drafting at all and might instead look to trade the pick for a veteran:
#Bulls sending out message to NBA they'd be happy to trade No. 7 for a veteran.
While draft is considered weak, that'd mark a half-commitment to rebuild. Because 2 years from now, your core is likely LaVine, Markkanen, WCJ, Hutch and 2 picks in teens if "relevancy" goes right.
— Cody Westerlund (@CodyWesterlund) May 15, 2019
What the Bulls might be interested in for their seventh overall pick is up for debate. There have been reports that the team is interested in Lonzo Ball, who is currently with the Los Angeles Lakers. Chicago could also look into Mike Conley, a player who many believe will be leaving the Memphis Grizzlies in the offseason via trade.
If the Bulls were to keep their pick, most mock drafts have them taking a point guard. They have Kris Dunn now, but North Carolina’s Coby White will likely be available at No. 7.
Though the Bulls won’t be picking as high as they would have liked, they’ll still have quite a few options at their disposal. Let’s see which route they choose.