Chicago Bulls 2020 NBA Draft: 3 reasons not to trade up

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Chicago Bulls, LaMelo Ball
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2. A trade-up likely isn’t the only move

There is a major problem with drafting Ball — assuming that’s who they want, as the rumors have suggested. The problem is, if they draft Ball, then they have far too many guards. Specifically, they will then have to get rid of either Zach LaVine or Coby White.

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So, the team would be mortgaging assets to move up and get a kid who has zero guarantee in Ball, and in turn have to make room for him by dealing LaVine or White. Would they have to trade White? Of course not.

White could easily start ahead of Tomas Satoransky, but not too far down the line, Ball will be starting. You don’t move up to draft someone at that spot and not plan to start him in the near future.

At that point, you simply have too many guards. Then, the value of LaVine gets lowered (assuming that’s who they decide to trade) because of the clear need to move on from him. The Bulls cannot keep Ball, White, LaVine, Satoransky and even someone like Kris Dunn, should they opt to retain him.

The guard room would be crowded, and all because the team was risking going up and getting Ball. They would be banking on Ball panning out, and potentially waving goodbye to a great player in the process.