While the Bulls continue their surge to acquire soon-to-be free agent Carmelo Anthony, there's another player who could be on his way to Chicago.
According to a report from Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski on Saturday, the Bulls are "pursuing a trade for Orlando Magic swingman Arron Afflalo."
Afflalo, 28, is coming off a career year in which he averaged 18.2 points on 46 percent shooting, 3.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 35 minutes per game. Afflalo has increased his scoring total in each of his seven seasons, beginning as a first-round pick out of UCLA for the Pistons, followed by three seasons in Denver (including one with Carmelo Anthony) and, most recently, two years with the Magic in which he has averaged 17.4 points and made 37 percent of his 3-point attempts.
According to Wojnarowski, the Magic are looking toward the future in their desire to trade Afflalo, who has two years remaining on his contract, including a $7.5 million player option in 2015. Wojnarowski said a deal for Afflalo would include one of the Bulls' two first-round picks (Nos. 16 and 19) in next week's draft. Orlando holds the No. 4 and 12 picks in the first round, and paired with the core of Victor Oladipo, Tobias Harris and Nikola Vucevic, there's incentive for the Magic to get younger as they rebuild in the post-Dwight Howard era.
Wojnarowski reported that it's "unknown" how a potential trade for Afflalo would affect the Bulls' pursuit of Anthony. Afflalo will make $7.5 million this season, so there's a chance he could be moved if the Bulls want to sign Anthony, who has until Monday to opt out of his deal with the Knicks.
"Afflalo's a guy that can shoot the ball, play defense, and would fit in great with the Bulls system, but he also has a very affordable contract a lot of teams covet," Aggrey Sam said on CSNChicago.com. "So he could be used to make another move for Love or Carmelo Anthony."
Wojnarowski relayed that league sources told him the Bulls "are leery of two rookie-scale first-round picks on the roster," meaning they could be looking to move one or both of their first-round picks (Nos. 16 and 19) in next week's draft.