The Chicago Bulls are pursuing a trade for Orlando Magic wing man Arron Afflalo, who is "very available," according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski. Afflalo turned in a career year with Orlando during the 2013/14 season, posting personal bests in points (18.2) and assists (3.4), while shooting 42.7 percent from behind the arc.
It is unclear how the Bulls' pursuit of Afflalo would impact the franchise's free-agent interest in New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony.
The Bulls are searching for shooting to surround the returning Derrick Rose, and Afflalo is coming off his best offensive season, averaging 18.2 points per game on 45.9 percent shooting.
If the Bulls are looking to reload its roster around Rose's return, then there's no question that Afflalo should be on their radar. He's a knock-down shooter and capable defender who has improved his ability to create efficient offense for himself and his teammates.
Chicago has a couple of juicy picks in the upcoming draft. It owns the 16th and 19th selections and would have to part with at least one, maybe both, of those in order to attain Afflalo. Chicago also could send the rights to Nikola Mirotic to Orando, which would be fun because not only is he a good prospect, but it would give Orlando two Nikolas.
But it would also have to send back a contract to make the deal work. Non-guaranteed contracts are the best bet here (Ronnie Brewer, Lou Amundson and Mike James).
Let the trade rumors begin!