Pre-draft analysis from the GM:
The Bulls have had a lot going on this off season. From incoming Head ball-coach, Fred Hoiberg taking over the helm, to handling of multiple free agent situations, it's already been a pretty hectic off-season here in Chicago.
First, before the draft pick is announced, I want to get you up to speed on our current roster situation and moves that have taken place. Unrestricted free agent Aaron Brooks was let walk in favor of going after a free agent PG on the open market such as Mo Williams or JJ Berea. In addition, we anticipate that Kirk Hinrich will not be opting in on his player option. The largest question mark, restricted free agent Jimmy Butler was resigned to a max deal. Unrestricted free agent center Nazr Mohammed was also resigned. Finally, Mike Dunleavy was shown the door in anticipation of Tony Snell taking on a larger role in the Bulls offense.
This leaves the current roster with PG: Derrick Rose and (Williams or Berea); at SG: Jimmy Butler and E'Twaun Moore; at SF: Tony Snell and Doug McDermott; at PF: Pau Gasol, Taj Gibson, and Nikola Mirotic; and at C: Joakim Noah, Nazr Mohamed, and Cameron Bairstow.
And with the 22nd pick in the draft, GM Burgundy and the Bulls select:
22) Terry Rozier, PG from Louisville
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From GM Burgundy:
Obviously, at this point, the Bulls are looking for backcourt help. Rozier can and will help here. It's been speculated that Rozier not having a true position at the next level has hurt his draft stock. I think this will be his opportunity at the next level as he can play at both the point and shooting guard. Although Rozier doesn't project as a starter, his combo guard label will be his calling card as he is a capable ball handler, explosive in the open court and a constant threat to slice through the defense. Rozier must improve his passing and perimeter shooting, but it's his toughness, aggression and two-way ability that really solidify this pick and give us confidence that he will be a contributor for years to come in Chicago. He'll feel more than comfortable in the Red,White and Black of Chicago that he also sported in his time at Louisville.
Next up is GM Edwin Ortiz and the Portland Trail Blazers with the 23rd pick in the draft. Stay tuned!
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|#3||Timberwolves (from 76ers)||Jonah Jordan||D'Angelo Russell|
|#4||Raptors (from Knicks)||Arkm110||Emmanuel Mudiay|
|#5||Celtics (from Magic)||HEARNBURN||Kristaps Porzingis|
|#6||Kings||Jonah Jordan||Mario Hezonja|
|#7||Nuggets||Joe Witherwax||Justise Winslow|
|#8||Heat (from Pistons)||Mopo123||Stanley Johnson|
|#10||Suns (from Heat)||nickbushart||Frank Kaminsky|
|#11||Pacers||Andrew Ford||Cameron Payne|
|#13||Pistons (from Heat via Suns)||Matthew Bishop||Sam Dekker|
|#14||Thunder||ljjung||Kelly Oubre, Jr.|
|#16||Magic (from Celtics)||Andy Livingston||Bobby Portis|
|#17||Bucks Lakers (from Bucks)||chipwilliamsjr||Rondae Hollis-Jefferson|
|#19||Spurs (from Suns via Wizards)||ks10680||Tyrus Jones|
|#20||Thunder (from Raptors)||ljjung||Trey Lyles|
|#23||Trail Blazers||Edwin Ortiz|
|#26||Suns (from Spurs)||nickbushart|
|#27||Bucks (from Lakers)||Jill Kong|