The Bulls must not allow the 2023 NBA Draft to slip by without making a pick
Chicago’s admittedly in a tight spot here, as all three of their picks this year will either be conveyed to another team or outright forfeited by the NBA. It’s not an ideal situation, to say the least. This issue is only exacerbated when you take into consideration that the Bulls have traded away their 2025 first-round pick, as well as almost all of their future second-round picks.
Still, this year’s class is far too saturated with talent to let it slip by. Although the Bulls own both their picks next year, the class of 2024 is currently projected to be much weaker. With a very strong class this year, more talent is likely to slip through the cracks even outside of the lottery.
As we saw at last year’s draft and this season’s trade deadline, second-round picks are now treated as little more than a small commodity. The irony of the two-time MVP and current Western Conference champion being a second-round pick is not lost on me here, but if other teams aren’t going to value their picks highly, then the Bulls absolutely must take advantage.
Whether that means trading a future second-rounder, or perhaps sending cash considerations, the Bulls would be wise to do everything in their power to scoop up a player they believe in. If that fails, then entertaining the idea of sending Portland’s future first-round pick back to the Blazers in exchange for the No. 23 pick this season is a conversation that very well may be worth having.
Also taking into consideration that this year’s 2023 NBA Draft Combine took place in Chicago, there’s really just no excuse for the front office to not be on top of their game with this year’s class.