If the Bulls exit Wednesday night with James Wiseman, it means they traded up.
That’s about the only sure thing surrounding the Memphis big man and the Bulls since it’s unclear whether or not they even used one of their 10 in-person visits and workouts on him.
Speaking on a Zoom call with reporters this week, Wiseman said he only worked out in person for the Minnesota Timberwolves and Charlotte Hornets. However, there is gossip around the league that the Bulls visited Wiseman in Miami, a detail that NBC Sports Chicago couldn’t confirm.
Regardless, most executives believe Wiseman will be selected by the Golden State Warriors at No. 2 if no trades go down. And who said big man play is dead?
This mobile 7-footer runs the floor well, possesses solid footwork for such a young player and can finish with either hand. According to one Western Conference executive, he too often fades away from contact with his high-release shot. The lefty must get stronger and more assertive in the post and often struggles to recognize mismatches.
Scouts generally agree his biggest impact will be at the defensive end anyway. Though he has a tendency to hunt blocks, his mobility and reported 7-6 wingspan scream switch potential on pick-and-rolls. He’s also a strong rebounder in traffic. The comparison you hear most is Hassan Whiteside.
Wiseman would fit the Bulls for his rim protection skills alone, a trait that general manager Marc Eversley has touted as a preference. But it would cost the Bulls a young asset to move up for him.