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.