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CHICAGO — The Bulls will host Oklahoma’s Trae Young for a pre-draft workout Thursday, the team announced.
The Bulls, who own the seventh overall pick in the 2018 draft, are enamored with Young’s scoring ability and aren’t afraid to select the guard, according to a report from NBCSportsChicago.com.
Chicago’s brass isn’t worried about how drafting Young would affect the team’s current starting point guard, Kris Dunn, and his development and believe the two can co-exist on the court.
Young averaged 27.4 points and 8.7 assists for Oklahoma as a freshman, shooting 42.2 percent from the field and 36.0 percent from beyond the arc. He was named Big 12 Freshman of the Year.
While he’s a pure scorer and willing passer, scouts have mentioned that Young will be a defensive liability in the NBA due to his small frame (6-2, 180lb).
Drafting Young would be sort of a head scratcher. He would be coming off the bench, as the Bulls have Dunn at point guard and are expected to re-sign shooting guard Zach LaVine, who is a restricted free agent.
Using a top-10 pick on a player you would most likely bring off the bench doesn’t seem like the smart move, considering there are other players in the draft the Bulls could use.
If Missouri’s Michael Porter Jr. falls out of the top five and is available at No. 7, the Bulls would take him in a heartbeat.
Porter Jr. held a private workout in Chicago in front of a few teams last week and was “extremely impressive,” according to a report from Mike Fisher of DallasBasketball.com.