The Bulls drafted at number 17 last Thursday, and I happened to come home just in time to actually see them make their pick. And the Bulls select...
For the Washington Wizards, apparently. The Bulls reportedly have sent Kirk Hinrich and their selection at 17 to the Wizards for...nothing! What do the Bulls get out of this pick? They get cap space! More cap space! Now they have enough money under the cap to get one max player, and one nearly max player.
Can you say "LeBron James"?
The number 17 pick was used to select Kevin Seraphin, a 6'9" 265 lb forward from France. I'd guess that he won't play in the US this year, but if he does, it won't be for the Bulls.
The number 1 pick overall was 6'4" point guard John Wall out of Kentucky, and he also went to the Wizards! Can you say "so long Gilbert Arenas"?
The Bulls' entire offseason is a gamble on which free agent will come to Chicago. After LeBron and Dwayne Wade, there is a slight dropoff to the next tier of Chris Bosh, Joe Johnson, Amare Stoudamire and Carlos Boozer. Then there are other guys like David Lee and others who will be available for whichever teams don't get the top guys.
Chicago is set up well to make a run at the top guys. Hopefully things work out better than the last time the Bulls were making a run at the top free agents (Grant Hill, Tracy McGrady, Tim Duncan, Eddie Jones, et al...) That time they ended up with Ron Mercer. It better be Wade or LeBron this time...