The Bulls got their wish and their man.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced at the NBA draft that the Bulls traded their 16th and 19th picks to acquire Doug McDermott, whom the Nuggets drafted with the 11th pick. The Bulls will also receive Anthony Randolph and send a 2015 second-round pick to the Nuggets.
“I know this would be a great spot for me,” McDermott said at the NBA combine. I really like where they’re going and how comfortable I was in that meeting. They’re real familiar with my game and have seen me play a lot.”
The trade would not only net the NCAA national player of the year but only add one rookie-scale contract to next season’s roster at a time when the Bulls are preserving salary-cap space for a run at free-agent Carmelo Anthony.
Furthermore, the addition of McDermott, whom averaged 26.7 points last season at Creighton, could make Mike Dunleavy expendable in sign-and-trade talks.
McDermott, a 6-foot-8-inch, 225-pound forward, finished his collegiate career as one of only three players in NCAA history with 3,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.