Posted June 16, 2012

Report: Chicago Bulls looking to trade for lottery pick, eyeing Lamb, Waiters or Rivers

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The Chicago Bulls team that Derrick Rose returns to next year could be significantly different, with the team reportedly looking to trade for a lottery pick in this years NBA Draft. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The Chicago Bulls are reportedly looking to move up from their current spot of 29th in the NBA Draft and would trade one or more players for the opportunity to acquire a lottery pick with the hopes of drafting either UConn’s Jeremy Lamb, Syracuse’s Dion Waiters or Duke’s Austin Rivers, according to Sam Amico of Fox Sports:

The Bulls own the No. 29 pick in the draft. Their goal, some will tell you, is to move up, perhaps even into the lottery.

In order for that to happen the Bulls will have to offer a player (or players), and probably include their first-rounder. They’re said to have their eyes on guards such as Connecticut’s Jeremy Lamb, Syracuse’s Dion Waiters or Duke’s Austin Rivers.

[R]egardless of how the Bulls change things, the bottom line is that it seems pretty likely there will be change.

Amico also wrote that if the aforementioned scenario does not pan out with the Bulls acquiring a lottery pick in exchange for one or more players, the team could go after any number of free agents to bolster their lack of depth at the shooting guard position.

They could also go the free-agent route, looking to fill the void left by Rose with veterans along the lines of Steve Nash (Suns), Andre Miller (Nuggets), Jason Kidd or former Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich.

Other free agents may also prove to be willing helpers – from Ray Allen (Celtics) to Shannon Brown (Suns) to Jamal Crawford (Trail Blazers) to Nick Young (Clippers).