As we learned yesterday, Geoff Petrie has had ‘serious’ trade discussions with at least 6-7 teams, pertaining to the Kings’ fifth pick in tomorrow’s NBA Draft. One could reasonably assume that the Houston Rockets were one of the teams who phoned Petrie and company, but we’ve struggled to find out who the other parties were. One possibility though would be the Chicago Bulls, who according to the Sun Times, are looking to get into the top five in hopes of drafting North Carolina’s Harrison Barnes:
The Bulls have had discussions with teams about trading Luol Deng for a chance to move into the lottery to pick up North Carolina’s Harrison Barnes in Thursday night’s draft.
Barnes has been rumored to go anyplace between the second and fifth picks of the draft, but more likely at either four or five, the picks held by Cleveland and Sacramento respectively. Clearly, no trade would be made prior to Thursday night as the Bulls would want to make sure Barnes would be available come the Kings’ selection spot and it remains to be seen if the Bulls could even offer the Kings anything they desire (hard to imagine the Maloofs being interested in Luol Deng‘s hefty contract), but it appears, at least according to the Sun Times, they want in.