Apr 27, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Chicago Bulls forward Mike Dunleavy (34) shoots the ball as Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) defends in the second quarter in game four of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Doug McDermott Selection Signals Mike Dunleavy Trade

Doug McDermott has yet to be officially recognized as a member of the Chicago Bulls’ organization, and yet, McDermott has already been mentioned as a possible trade chip for the Bulls.

McDermott was selected with the No.11 overall selection in the NBA Draft by the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night before being traded to the Bulls for the No.16 and No.19 overall selection as well as a future second round pick.

The fact that the Bulls gave away three draft picks for McDermott may be an indicator that team is intent on keeping college basketball’s top scorer from last season but that does not mean that there are not trade implications from the Bulls move on Thursday night.

With McDermott set to play at the small forward position in the NBA, that likely signals the end of Mike Dunleavy Jr’s run with the Bulls.

The reason why the Bulls traded three draft picks on Thursday night is because the move created salary cap space for the Bulls in addition to the acquisition of McDermott.

Trading Dunleavy was among the rumored ways for the Bulls to clear up more salary cap space in order to make a strong run at Carmelo Anthony.

Dunleavy is set to earn $3.3 million next season.


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    BANG actually an incredible pick up after hearing he is way more athletic then they thought
    finally the bulls pulled a rabbit out of a hat now go out and get anthony and pull a lion out of a hat

  • Leroy Boyd

    Even before drafting this guy rumors were out there that Dunleavy would probably have to go in order to create space for Melo. Why anyone thinks drafting this kid makes it more possible that Dunleavy would be traded. Its about Melo not this kid and Dunleavy.

  • crygdyllyn

    I hope the Bulls keep Dunleavy. He is great off the bench. At $3.3M, he is cheap. Great value.
    Now if a team wants to give up first round draft picks, then maybe…..