The Bulls must have really liked Doug McDermott.
Chicago has essentially given up two first-round and three second-round picks for the Creighton forward. On draft night, the Bulls traded the No. 16 and No. 19 picks and a 2015 second rounder for the No. 11 pick and Anthony Randolph.
Now, they’re paying the Magic to take Randolph off their hands.
Sam Amick of USA Today:
The Bulls also have the Trail Blazers’ second rounders in 2015 and 2016.
Milovan Rakovic, going to the Bulls, was drafted with the final pick in the 2007 draft. He fills the requirement that both teams trade something, and it’s unlikely the 29-year-old Serbian ever joins the NBA.
I suppose it’s possible the Bulls liked Randolph, and their plans changed since. Maybe they didn’t anticipate needing to dump and do now to sign the clearly more-valuable Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic.
I doubt that, though. More likely, accepting Randolph – who’s owed $1,825,359 next season – was part of the cost of the trade.
For the Magic, this is the advantage of preserving cap room. A couple extra picks always come in handy for a rebuilding team.
Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:
We likely won’t know more about the extent of his injury until tomorrow, but if it was serious, that would be a major loss for the Hornets. Kidd-Gilchrist is their best perimeter defender and an important piece if they hope to compete for a playoff spot this year.
CHICAGO — Derrick Rose is nearing a return to practice with the Bulls. After undergoing surgery on Wednesday to repair a fractured left orbital suffered in practice on Tuesday, Rose’s recovery is going as expected and he’s expected to rejoin the team on Wednesday.
“The follow-up [exam] went very well,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said after practice on Saturday. “They’ve advised him to continue to let that site heal, and they think the best way for him to do that is to stay at home at this time. We plan on him being back on Wednesday morning.”
Rose won’t be able to participate in practice for another week after that — Hoiberg said the previously announced two-week timetable for returning to basketball activities remains on schedule — but with a radically different offense, there’s a lot to learn, and just being around the team to watch practices and learn the new play sets is important.
“We’re going to actually get over there and watch some film with him today,” Hoiberg said. “Because again, like we talked about [Friday], we’ve added new sets, new things, so we’ll get him caught up by a couple of coaches going over and seeing him at his house.”
The two-week timetable puts Rose’s return to basketball activity around next Wednesday, October 14. From there, it will be a matter of getting him back into game shape before Hoiberg is comfortable playing him in games.
Hoiberg said earlier this week that he is optimistic Rose will be able to play when the Bulls kick off the regular season at home on October 27 against the Cleveland Cavaliers.