Report: Bulls dangling McDermott, Lopez

Bulls forward Doug McDermott could be available as the NBA trade deadline nears.

The Chicago Bulls clearly are trying to change their disappointing course.

According to a report from Basketball Insiders, the Bulls are exploring the trade in search of a first-round draft pick, and are using forward Doug McDermott and center Robin Lopez as trade bait.

Also per the report: “Chicago remains interested in acquiring Philadelphia 76ers center Jahlil Okafor. It’s unclear at this time if exploring the trade market for a first-round pick in exchange for either Lopez or McDermott is related to the Okafor trade talks.”

The Bulls have struggled following the high-profile additions of Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo, and are said to be trying to get younger without surrendering All-Star swingman Jimmy Butler.

Lopez, 29, is averaging 9.8 points and 6.9 rebounds. McDermott, 25, is averaging 9.9 points and shooting 38 percent on 3-pointers.

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