Chicago Bulls: Writer expects to stay put at fourth overall

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A hot topic of discussion so far this offseason for the Chicago Bulls involves figuring out what would be the best way for them to utilize the fourth pick.

The questions are being continually asked now as to what the Chicago Bulls will do with their fourth overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft Lottery. The Bulls caught a good bit of luck in the 2020 NBA Draft Lottery more than two months ago, jumping up three spots in the odds to nab the fourth overall pick.

Picking ahead of the Bulls will be (in order from top-to-bottom) the Minnesota Timberwolves, Golden State Warriors, and the Charlotte Hornets. The Hornets were really the only team that got as lucky as the Bulls did in the lottery, as they jumped up five spots in the odds to get the third overall pick in the first round.

But what will the Bulls do with the fourth overall pick in this year? Recently hired executive vice president of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas has a plethora of options at his disposal. There were discussions surrounding pretty much every different draft strategy or move you could think of for Karnisovas to move around in the lottery in the last couple of months.

According to a report from Bulls team writer Sam Smith on Oct. 31, Karnisovas and this front office are expected to stand pat with the fourth overall pick in the 2020 draft. Smith did consider all options for the Bulls to trade up or down from the fourth slot in this draft, or what it would mean for Karnisovas to stay put.

Here’s the essential conclusion that Smith arrived at in this piece.

"I still assume the Bulls to use the pick at No. 4. Where it’s not too hot and not too cold, but perhaps just right. For whom? I’ll get back to you on that. I should know by late Nov. 18."

Smith really doesn’t think that the Bulls have much of a valid case, all things considered, to either move up or down in the lottery. They could have a real solid prospect in this draft class that really does just fall in their lap come Nov. 18.

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The Bulls also have the 44th overall pick of the Memphis Grizzlies in the second round of this draft. They need to make the most of this fourth overall pick in the 2020 draft to start the fourth year of the rebuild on the right foot.

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