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Who analysts predict the Bulls will select in the first round

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Who analysts predict the Bulls will select in the first round

By Mark Strotman
CSNChicago.comThe NBA Pre-Draft Combine, held in Chicago over the weekend, had a handful of winners and losers. These changes in certain player's stockcould have implications on who is available when the Chicago Bulls make their selection withthe 29th pickin the draft, whichwill take place on June 28 in New Jersey.The Bulls' second round pick (No. 60) belongs to the Los Angeles Lakers. The Bulls originally traded the pick to the Bucks as part of a deal for John Salmons. The Bucks then traded it to the Nets as part of a deal for Chris Douglas-Roberts, and the Nets finally traded it to the Lakers as part of a deal for Sasha Vujacic.With Pre-Draft Combine measurements, agility and peformancedrills and interviews taken into account, here is a look at who some of the top college basketball and NBA analysts have the Bulls selecting in the first round.Aggrey Sam, CSNChicago.com (64)29. Chicago Bulls: Will Barton, SG, MemphisBarton weighed in at 174 pounds at the Pre-Draft Combine, which was the lighest of the 60 players in attendance. Still, Barton should be able to put on neccesary weight over the summer in order to be ready for the start of the year. As Sam noted, "he still needs to get stronger, but his improved jumper, ability to create for himself and others, versatility and length give him a chance to crack the rotation right away for a Bulls team that will likely have several new faces." Barton would give the Bulls an athletic wing who could replace one of Rip Hamilton, Kyle Korveror Ronnie Brewer.Jeff Goodman, CBSSports.com (611)29. Chicago Bulls: Tyshawn Taylor, PG, KansasTaylor measured in at an impressive 6-foot-4 at the Pre-Draft Combine, and he has the experience and talent to step in right away and help the Bulls point guard situation. With Derrick Rose out indefinitely to begin the season, and C.J. Watson's team option still up in the air, Taylor would be a great fit in Chicago. He is ready to play from Day One, plays solid defense and can score the ball in a variety of ways, something that will help the Bulls' second unit if Watson does not return. Adds Goodman: "Can be the ideal backup to Derrick Rose. Brings speed, toughness and a point guard with experience to the table.NBADraft.net (610)29. Chicago Bulls: Quincy Miller, SF, BaylorMiller is one of the most intriguing prospects in this year's draft. He tore his left ACL in December 2010, which forced him to miss his entire senior season. He arrived at Baylor healthy, and did play in all 37 games for the Bears, but averaged just 10.6 points and 4.9 rebounds. Though he was rated as the No. 4 prospect in the 2011 high school class by Scout.com, there are questions as to whether he will ever regain his pre-ACL surgery form. The Bulls could work in the 6-foot-10 Miller slowly behind Luol Deng.DraftExpress.com (69)29. Chicago Bulls: Will Barton, SF, MemphisWhile Barton's weight may be a concern, it's still worth noting that the 6-foot-6 wing averaged 8.0 rebounds per game last season at Memphis. He also averaged 18.0 points per game on over 50 percent shooting. Rated as the No. 12 recruit in the 2010 high school class by Scout.com, Barton has only begun to tap into his potential at 21 years old.HoopsWorld.com (69)29. Chicago Bulls: John Jenkins, SG, VanderbiltThree of four analysts chose Jenkins, with the fourth (Alex Raskin) choosing Doron Lamb. Jenkins was the most prolific shooter in college basketball last year, making a nation-best 134 3-pointers on almost 44 percent shooting. As a senior, Jenkins would be ready to play right away, and he has good size at 6-foot-4. As a bonus, Jenkins also made over 85 percent of his free throws in four years with the Commodores.NBA.com (531)29. Chicago Bulls: Doron Lamb, SG, KentuckyAs one of six potential Kentucky first round draft picks, Lamb would be an excellent fit in Chicago. The 6-foot-4 sophomore averaged 13.7 points per game for the national champions, shooting an impressive 46.6 percent from beyond the arc, and 82.6 percent from the free throw line. In addition, he handles the ball well and could act as a back-up point guard, if needed.Yahoo! Sports (530)29. Orlando Johnson, SG, UC-Santa BarbaraAnother one of the most impressive shooters in the draft class, Johnson averaged 19.7 points and 5.8 rebounds per game for the Guachos last year. At 6-foot-5, he possesses an impressive 6-foot-11 wingspan (the same as 6-foot-7 Harrison Barnes) and can defend multiple positions. He would be an instant upgrade on the wing rather than an upside pick and, like Jenkins, is well seasoned after four years at the college level.

Still in search of guard depth, Bulls reportedly 'planning to sign' Shaquille Harrison

Still in search of guard depth, Bulls reportedly 'planning to sign' Shaquille Harrison

The Bulls are still scrambling to add depth at point guard and found another body to throw in the rotation.

According to The Athletic's Shams Charania, the Bulls "are planning to sign" Shaquille Harrison. Harrison was waived by the Suns on Monday.

In order to complete the move, the Bulls are reportedly waiving center Omer Asik.

Harrison went undrafted out of Tulsa in 2016. The Suns signed him and sent him to the then NBA D-League. Last season, the 25-year-old from Kansas City played in 23 games and made two starts in the NBA. He averaged 6.6 points and 2.4 assists in 16.7 minutes per game.

The Suns signed Jamal Crawford earlier this week and waived Harrison. The Bulls apparently have swooped in.

This move comes just six days after the Bulls added Tyler Ulis, who was also waived by the Suns. Ulis didn't play in the season-opening loss at Philadelphia.

Kris Dunn will miss his second straight game Saturday against the Pistons. His absence against the Sixers showed the lack of depth at guard for the Bulls. Cam Payne started at point guard and split minutes with Ryan Arcidiacono. Payne went 0-for-4 in 21 minutes and led coach Fred Hoiberg to say potential lineup changes are "still up in the air."

Harrison can now join Payne, Arcidiacono and Ulis in a battle for backup minutes at point guard when Dunn returns to the lineup.

Rob Gronkowski 'highly unlikely' to play Sunday against the Bears

Rob Gronkowski 'highly unlikely' to play Sunday against the Bears

Sunday's game against Tom Brady and the Patriots will be a tough test for the Bears, but it looks like they're going to receive a big break.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski didn't travel with the Patriots to Chicago and is "highly unlikely" to play Sunday.

Avoiding Gronkowski, who is one of Brady's favorite targets, would be a huge break for the Bears' defense. In six games this season, the tight end has 26 receptions for 405 yards and a touchdown; in 14 games last season, Gronkowski had 69 catches for 1,084 yards and eight touchdowns.

Gronkowski has not officially been ruled out yet, though time is running out for the Patriots to make a decision.

Meanwhile, Khalil Mack appears set to play Sunday despite dealing with an ankle injury. Between having Mack on the field and Gronkowski off of it, good news keeps coming for the Bears' defense.