While all the attention for the Chicago Bulls appears to be on impending free agent Carmelo Anthony, a report on Saturday may have thrown cold water on the Bulls’ pursuit of Anthony.
The Bulls have been linked to Afflalo in the past as the team has been in constant need of scoring help. Afflalo has two years left on his contract, though, he has an early termination option after the 2014-2015 season. Afflalo will earn $7.5 million next season while having the opportunity to earn $7.75 million for the 2015-2016 NBA season.
Afflalo averaged a little over 18 points per game last season while shooting nearly 46 percent from the field. The veteran guard would certainly provide a boost in terms of the Bulls’ scoring threat.
The Bulls likely are dangling one of their first round draft picks in front of the Magic for the 28-year old swingman.
As of this writing, it remains to be seen how the Bulls’ potential acquisition of Afflalo would impact their pursuit of Anthony. Though, the belief is that if the Bulls were to acquire Afflalo, then the team would be moving towards a plan of quantity over quality. Meaning the plan would be to fill the roster with role players as opposed to trading away players in order to acquire Anthony.
Though, the idea has also been tossed out that the Bulls could be interested in Afflalo as a trade chip. The thought being that the Bulls could use Afflalo in a potential sign-and-trade with the Knicks for Anthony or a trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves for Kevin Love.
The Bulls’ plan should come into picture by Thursday, the day of the NBA Draft.