BROOKLYN - For a team that often avoids a collection of major moves in the name of rebuilding, the Bulls have caused quite a stir over the past 24 hours.
First they traded Derrick Rose away to the Knicks on Wednesday, shipping off the once franchise player for three new pieces to the roster. As the NBA Draft began in Brooklyn around 6:30 PM on Thursday, rumors started swirling about Jimmy Butler and the team possibly trying to move him.
But around 8 PM when the Bulls pick came around, the Bulls still held onto their No. 14 selection and selected Michigan State forward Denzel Valentine.
The Lansing, Michigan native played with the Spartans for four seasons and in 2015-2016 averaged 19.2 points per game with 7.5 rebounds and 7.8 assists per game as his draft stock rose significantly. He was named the Big Ten's Players of the Year and AP's College Basketball Player of the Year as he helped Michigan State to a Big Ten Tournament championship.
Valentine's shooting also caught the eye of scouts as he shot 46 percent from the field and an impressive 44 percent from behind the three-point line.
For the most part Valentine was durable during his Michigan State career as he missed just four games in four years. But a right knee injury that required a "mild arthroscopic procedure" in December of this past year did raise some concerns for teams.