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Report: Nuggets trade just drafted Doug McDermott to Bulls for No. 16, 19 picks

All-America Basketball

FILE - In this March 20, ,2014 file photo, Creighton’s Doug McDermott takes part in practice at the NCAA college basketball tournament in San Antonio. McDermott was selected to The Associated Press All-America team, released Monday, March 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)


The Chicago Bulls need shooting, ideal bigs who can stretch the floor. Why do you think they are going after Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Love?

On draft night they added a guy who provides more of that.

The Bulls have landed Creighton’s scoring machine Doug McDermott in a trade, something first reported by Sam Amick of the USA Today.

This has been confirmed by

I like this pick for the Bulls. Their offseason has been so far aimed at adding offense and this trade does that. McDermott is known for his outside shot (44.9 percent from three last season) but more than that he can put the ball on the floor, post up and score in a variety of ways — and do it efficiently. Plus, he hits contested shots very well.

There are questions about how his game translates — he’s not a great athlete by NBA standards, he plays below the rim, and while he got mismatches in college in the NBA the guys guarding him will be more athletic. How does he adjust?

Then there are legit concerns about how well he can defend at the next level, and if he can’t defend Tom Thibodeau will not play him.

As for the Nuggets, they are going to add a couple of affordable young players to an already good team (one that already added Arron Afflalo earlier in the day and will get Danilo Gallinari and JaVale McGee back from injury next season).