It’s officially F5 season! The 2019 NBA Draft is going on right now (Thursday night) and the Bulls are hoping to add a significant piece to their young core. Let’s take a look at how we got here on perhaps the craziest draft night in NBA history.
The first crazy move of the night was the Atlanta Hawks trading up to grab the No. 4 overall pick, giving up quite a bit of draft capital in the process.
Atlanta has acquired New Orleans No. 4 pick in the draft for No. 8 and 17 and 35, league sources tell ESPN. Pelicans are sending Solomon Hill, No. 57 pick and a future second-round pick.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 20, 2019
Atlanta is also sending a Cleveland heavily protected first-round pick in 2020 to the Pelicans, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 20, 2019
The strong feeling among #NBATwitter is that the Hawks will be taking Virginia forward De’Andre Hunter or Texas Tech wing Jarrett Culver to help enhance their rebuild.
Atlanta is pursuing Virginia's DeAndre Hunter with the No. 4 pick, league sources tell ESPN. Atlanta GM Travis Schlenk makes a big move in lottery second year in a row to get his man. Last year, it was Trae Young. This time, DeAndre Hunter.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 20, 2019
This theoretically helps the Bulls grab their point guard of the future, but then Woj dropped yet another “Woj bomb”.
Minnesota has traded No. 11 and Dario Saric to Phoenix for the No. 6 pick in the draft, league source tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 20, 2019
Minnesota president Gersson Rosas tried to get to No. 4, No. 5 and finally moved up to No. 6. https://t.co/92ro1J5uP3— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 20, 2019
Darius Garland’s father Winston Garland played 73 career games with the Timberwolves, and they could be looking for a guard with Derrick Rose entering free agency. The Cleveland Cavaliers drafted point guard Collin Sexton last season but apparently still could take Garland as the best player available. Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Cavs are looking to trade the pick, leaving the door wide open for the Bulls to trade up.
Cleveland GM Koby Altman is still entertaining offers for the No. 5 pick, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 20, 2019
The Cavaliers, despite having 2018 No. 8 overall pick and point guard Collin Sexton on the roster, did in fact select Garland.
Sources: Cavs have selected Darius Garland with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2019 NBA draft.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 21, 2019
Minnesota, equipped with the No. 6 pick, took Jarrett Culver to add another talented wing to their core of Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns.
Sources: Minnesota has selected Jarrett Culver with the No. 6 overall pick in the 2019 NBA draft.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 21, 2019
Chicago finally got their guy.
With Garland off the board, Chicago selected explosive scorer guard Coby White, expected to be the PG of the future.
While White was backstage fulfilling his media obligations, he got word that his former Tar Heel running mate Cameron Johnson was selected by the Phoenix Suns at No. 11, a pick that caught most of the basketball world off guard. White was overjoyed to see Johnson get selected in the lottery, making his stellar draft night even better.
The Bulls drafted White for his skills and his attitude, and he let his personality shine through with his genuine reaction to Johnson getting selected in the lottery.
We are going to be locked in all night during this wild, wild, NBA Draft. Make sure to follow us @BullsTalk and check this post throughout the night for more updates.