(CBS) The Bulls’ biggest offseason need is to acquire more scoring and shooting, and to the latter end, they’ve worked out and interviewed Michigan sharpshooter Nik Stauskas, who’s regarded by many as the best pure shooter in the 2014 draft class.
Whether Stauskas will be available when the Bulls draft at No. 16 — or higher, if they choose to make a deal to move up — remains to be seen, but this much is clear.
Stauskas would love to play in Chicago.
“I love the city of Chicago, and like you said, they do need a shooter,” Stauskas said in an interview with Comcast SportsNet Chicago on Monday evening. “So I think it would be great if it ended up working out.”
Stauskas averaged 17.5 points as a sophomore at Michigan last season, and he shot 44.2 percent from 3-point range. He’s 6-foot-6, and he projects as a shooting guard. Still, Stauskas emphasized he’s more than just a shooter, and his improved ability to put the ball on the floor in his second year of college has made him more appealing to NBA teams.
“This year, with what I showed at Michigan, I think people started to figure out I was a basketball player,” Stauskas said. “I wasn’t just a shooter. That’s something I was happy about, but still, I feel I have a lot to prove, just getting to the basket and getting a little stronger. And I still have to prove I can play defense. That’s kind of been the biggest knock on my game through my whole career.”
The Bulls have reportedly discussed trading their No. 16 and 19 picks to the Nuggets for the 11th pick, with Chicago’s goal being twofold. It would give the Bulls a better shot at drafting Stauskas or Michigan State wing Gary Harris, plus it would save some money for the team as it chases stars like Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Love this offseason.