A potential trade between the Denver Nuggets and Bulls had been brewing for months, and Thursday night it came to fruition.
Shortly after the Nuggets selected Doug McDermott with the No. 11 pick in the NBA Draft, multiple outlets reported that the Creighton scorer was on his way to Chicago. That trade has been finalized, sending the rights to McDermott and forward Anthony Randolph to the Bulls in exchange for the rights to Bosnia center Jusuf Nurkic (taken 16th), the rights to Michigan State guard Gary Harris (taken 19th) and a 2015 second-round pick.
McDermott was a three-time All-American for the Bluejays, finishing his four-year career in Creighton with more than 3,000 points, fifth most in NCAA Division I history. As a senior he averaged 26.7 points on 52.6 percent shooting, 7.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists and was named the 2014 Naismith Men's College National Player of the Year.
He shot 45 percent from beyond the arc, but the 6-foot-8 forward is more than just a shooter. And at the combine, he said he feels he'll be able to come in right away and help an NBA team.
"I think my IQ of the game and just my ability to shoot it," McDermott said of his best NBA-type attributes. "I think I've had a good three to four years with that as you all know, and just being a coach's kid, I've been around the game for a long time so I bring a good IQ to the table and good leadership skills. I think that'll really help me at the next level."
And while he doesn't have great athleticism for his size, McDermott also said at the combine that his versatility will serve him well at the next level.
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"Once I get stronger I think (NBA teams) can see me as a 4, guarding 4s, but for now I'm going to have to be able to keep a 3 in front of me and possibly a 2, just because I'm not quite as tall as some of the 4s in the NBA," he said. "I think I'll figure it out once I get on the floor. I'm a basketball player and I've got to figure it out from there."
For the Bulls, the trade makes sense. Tom Thibodeau's group finished 24th in 3-point field goal percentage and 26th in 3-point makes per game (6.2). And from a front office perspective, it should save the Bulls some salary cap space not having to sign two rookies in their pursuit for a high profile free agent this offseason.
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