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Chicago Bulls 2014 Draft Report Card

By Jim Brighters, NBA Editor

Additions: Doug McDermott (11)

Cameron Bairstow (49)

Anthony Randolph (trade)

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Bulls are poised for a big offseason, and they started that process emphatically by trading for Creighton offensive machine, Doug McDermott.

The Bulls packaged the 16th and 19th picks for McDermott. He is the most offensively polished player in the draft. Yes, he's the best shooter in the lot, but McDermott is not just a spot-up shooter. That's his best skill and the one Chicago coveted the most.

McDermott's acquisition via the trade with Denver, which also brought Anthony Randolph, may make Mike Dunleavy expendable. The trade didn't save the Bulls much cash in terms of cap space, which is part of the offseason plan.

Chicago wants Carmelo Anthony. The Bulls don't have the money to do that, but will with some financial maneuvering. This trade freed up some money and McDermott's presence again could force Dunleavy's departure. Dunleavy makes real money, so that's where this trade could help.

Plus, McDermott fills a huge need. Chicago struggled badly offensively and McDermott will help with that immediately. With Derrick Rose coming back and a possible signing of Anthony, the Bulls may vault into instant contender status next season.

Bairstow is an effort guy and if the Bulls amnesty Carlos Boozer as expected, he could slide into the rotation. If not, the Australian can go overseas. He played with Bulls' backup wing Tony Snell at New Mexico.

Even if the Bulls fail in their pursuit of Anthony, McDermott is a massive upgrade and fills a huge need. Thursday was a total success for Chicago.

Grade: A

06/27 14:30:15 ET

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