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Clippers—who reportedly have interest in Thad Young—now down a PG

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Clippers—who reportedly have interest in Thad Young—now down a PG

The Los Angeles Clippers have been connected to the Bulls amid reports that they are interested in the services of veteran forward Thaddeus Young. And now it appears they may be looking for some solid guard help as well. 

Chicago native Patrick Beverley will be out for at least a few games due to a right wrist sprain. He suffered the sprain in Saturday night's loss to the Utah Jazz while attempting a layup on Jazz center Rudy Gobert.

While Beverley is only slated to be out a few games with the sprain, the injury has worried head coach Doc Rivers. Before the diagnosis came out, Rivers stated: "He clearly felt like he could not even grab the ball, so that is not a good sign."

So even once Beverley comes back, the Clippers will likely still be looking for worthwhile additions to bolster their backcourt depth. This season outside of Beverley, only Lou Williams and second-year player Jerome Robinson have played at least 10% of their minutes at point guard via Basketball-Reference

The Clippers also have rookie Terance Mann, who is a physical defender but more of a 2-guard. They also have second-year guard and absolute knockdown shooter Landy Shamet (career 41.8% 3-point shooter) but he profiles more as an off guard than a  ballhandler/playmaker.

The Bulls possess several guards who fit the mold of what Doc Rivers (a Chicago native himself) likes in a player, names like Kris Dunn and Shaquille Harrison. Chicago also has a trusted veteran in Tomas Satoransky (5.3 assists and 2.1 turnovers per game), who would instantly become the only natural playmaker on the Clips' roster, allowing Williams (career-best 6.3 assists per game) and Kawhi Leonard (career-best 5.1 assists per game) to focus more on defense and their scoring duties. 

As the trade winds continue to swirl, the Clippers will continue to be a team for Bulls fans to monitor. 

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2020 NBA Mock Draft roundup: Predictions for Bulls’ first-round pick

2020 NBA Mock Draft roundup: Predictions for Bulls’ first-round pick

Absent from the NBA’s season restart, and with organized offseason activities a question hanging in the air, the next tentpole for the Bulls to hone in on is the draft.

This year’s draft will be an especially important one for the organization. Entering Year 4 of a rebuild and under fresh front office leadership in Arturas Karnisovas and Marc Eversley, the direction the Bulls take with their impending top-10 choice will offer a window into the new regime’s thoughts on the roster and teams’ general standing.

Karnisovas, for his part, disputed the widely-accepted notion that this draft is a weak one at his end-of-season press conference with reporters. The Bulls own the seventh-best lottery odds (yet again), with a 7.5 percent chance at the No. 1 pick, and 32 percent odds of vaulting into the top four. They also own the Grizzlies’ second-round pick (No. 47) by way of some transaction minutia from the Tomas Satoransky sign-and-trade.

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“I like a lot of players that are in our range,” Karnisovas said. “I think we’ve done a lot of work studying. That’s why the excitement is coming from studying those players and interviewing them and looking at the video. So I think we’ll add a good player to our roster next year.”

Wherever the Bulls land, they’ll have a litany of possible needs to address. Though they invested the No. 7 overall pick in Coby White in 2019, the playmaking potential of lead guards LaMelo Ball or Killian Hayes might be too much to pass up if afforded an opportunity to snag them. On the wing, an area the Bulls are thin, do-it-all forward Deni Avdija and 3-and-D prototype Devin Vassell's stocks are rapidly rising, and Isaac Okoro has drawn Jimmy Butler comparisons for his game-wrecking potential on the defensive end. Onyeka Okongwu, Obi Toppin and James Wiseman intrigue in the frontcourt, as well.

All of which is to say, a lot can happen between now and October, when the draft is scheduled to be held. Which direction should the Bulls go? Here’s a roundup of the latest spate of Mock Drafts from across the interwebs:

Rob Dauster, NBC Sports

No. 7: Deni Avdija, F, Maccabi Tel Aviv

Gary Parrish, CBS Sports

No. 7: Isaac Okoro, F, Auburn

Tankathon

No. 7: Tyrese Haliburton, G, Iowa State

No. 47: Elijah Hughes, F, Syracuse

Bryan Kalbrosky, USA Today

No. 8: Killian Hayes, G, Ulm

Matt Babcock, Babcock Hoops

No. 7: Killian Hayes, G, Ulm

No. 47: Paul Reed, F, Depaul

NBADraft.net

No. 7: Onyeka Okongwu, F/C, USC

No. 47: Jay Scrubb, G, John A. Logan College (JUCO)

A. Sherrod Blakely, NBC Sports Boston

No. 7: Isaac Okoro, F, Auburn

James Ham, NBC Sports Bay Area

No. 9: Killian Hayes, G, Ulm

And here’s NBC Sports Chicago’s latest Mock, which saw the Bulls select Okoro. Happy scouting.

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Air Jordan 11 CMFT Lows will reportedly return in spring 2021

Air Jordan 11 CMFT Lows will reportedly return in spring 2021

Sneaker Bar Detroit is reporting that the Air Jordan 11 CMFT Lows will return to market in the spring of 2021.

While a precise release date isn't yet clear, the report listed five colorways for the sneaker: Cool Grey/Medium Grey-White, Black/White-Anthracite-Wolf Grey Black/Gym Red-White, White/Black-Ghost Green-Metallic Silver and Barely Green/White-Black-Barely Green.

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This — along with a litany of other recently leaked impending releases — will be worth keeping an eye on when the calendar flips.

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