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Bulls trade for Creighton scorer McDermott

2014-06-26T22:50:00Z 2014-06-28T15:20:03Z Bulls trade for Creighton scorer McDermottAl Hamnik al.hamnik@nwi.com, (219) 933-4154 nwitimes.com
June 26, 2014 10:50 pm  • 

DEERFIELD | You didn't need an Ivy League diploma or job offers from Google to know what the Bulls needed in Thursday night's NBA draft.

S-c-o-r-i-n-g.

They had the league's worst offense last season, averaging 93.7 points in the regular campaign and 93.4 in five playoff games with Washington.

Its 69 points in the decisive Game 5 loss was a season-low for Chicago and tied the second lowest point total in Bulls' playoff history.

The least said about their 28-point second half, the better.

In a draft that saw six freshmen among the top nine picks and an Aussie who didn't even go to college, the Bulls traded their 16th and 19th picks to Denver for their No. 11, Creighton's Doug McDermott.

They also received Denver forward Anthony Randolph in the deal.

Chicago also had the 49th pick, taking New Mexico power forward Cameron Bairstow at No. 49.

Speculation is that the Bulls (48-34) will amnesty Carlos Boozer, work a trade for reserve Mike Dunleavy, and pull out all stops to lure Carmelo Anthony from the Knicks.

McDermott, consensus national player of the year, is the NCAA's fifth all-time scorer with 3,150 career points. He scored double figures in an NCAA record 135 games.

In return, Denver got 7-foot Jusuf Nurkic of Croatia and guard Gary Harris of Michigan State.

McDermott left Creighton with a 21.7 scoring average for 145 games over four seasons.

He averaged 26.7 ppg. last season.

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