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Rumor: Bulls looking to trade up to #8

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It's NBA Draft Week and as such the rumors will be flying back and forth up until Thursday night's event.  The Kings are widely known to be shopping their pick, and Sunday's news that Rudy Gay is staying for another year adds even more incentive to use the pick to get immediate help.

One team that the Kings could be looking at trading with is the Chicago Bulls, who are reportedly interested in trading up to land Creighton star Doug McDermott.

From Sean Deveney of SportingNews:

Chicago has had multiple talks with Orlando, both about the No. 12 pick and shooting guard Arron Afflalo, and with Denver about No. 11, but a source told Sporting News that the Bulls have also engaged with the Kings in a potential deal for the No. 8 pick.

Chicago's focus in such a scenario would be Creighton star Doug McDermott, who averaged 21.7 points and shot 55.0 percent from the field (45.8 percent from the 3-point line) in four years with the Blue Jays. The Bulls also have interest in Michigan State's Gary Harris and Michigan's Nik Stauskas, who has made Chicago his home base during the draft process.

The Bulls own several assets that could entice the Kings, especially since they're a very defensive minded team.  Chicago has players like Taj Gibson and Jimmy Butler, as well as the #16 and #19 picks in the draft.  They could be looking to clear some space as well for a possible run at Carmelo Anthony.