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The Chicago Bulls have inquired about moving up in the 2018 NBA draft, according to a report from NBCSportsChicago.com.
The Bulls own the seventh overall pick in the draft and are trying to get up to either the third or fourth spot, occupied by the Atlanta Hawks and Memphis Grizzlies, respectively.
Per the report, there is no truth to the speculation that the Bulls are trying to move up in order to select Missouri’s Michael Porter Jr.
The belief is that Chicago could be targeting Texas big man Mo Bamba, who is projected to be a top three pick and worked out for the Bulls.
If the Bulls don’t trade up and Porter Jr. is available at number seven, Chicago would select the talented forward despite the injury concerns. Porter Jr. underwent back surgery at Missouri and missed four months.
“At some point, he becomes worth the risk, right?” a league personnel man told NBCSportsChicago.com. “Chicago can’t pass him up.”
Porter Jr. has been training all summer in Chicago and his agent, Mark Bartlestein of Priority Sports, has a working relationship with the Bulls.
There has also been talk that the Bulls, should they stay at number seven, might select Oklahoma’s Trae Young. Young worked out for the Bulls last week and Chicago’s brass is reportedly enamored with Young’s scoring ability and isn’t afraid to select the guard.
The Bulls aren’t concerned about how drafting Young would affect starting point guard Kris Dunn and his development and believe the two can co-exist on the court.
If Young is drafted by Chicago, he would be Dunn’s backup.