Draft Notes: No. 4, Garland, Hunter, Hawks

Despite the notion that there is a drop-off after the first three picks, there are a number of teams that see value in the No. 4 selection, Sam Vecenie of The Athletic hears. Venecie writes that Darius Garland is the player most frequently mentioned around the league as the fourth-best player in the draft.

The Bulls may be looking to move up into that No. 4 spot or at least that’s the chatter behind the scenes. A previous report implied that Chicago would be open to dealing any player or pick on the roster outside of Lauri Markkanen or Wendell Carter Jr.

Here’s more from Venecie on the upcoming draft:

  • There’s no sense of who the Pelicans will pick at No. 4 should they keep the selection. If Venecie were making the pick, he’d take a hard look at De’Andre Hunter or Jarrett Culver, though the scribe notes that many around the NBA are not as high on Hunter as he is.
  • Had the Lakers held onto the No. 4 overall pick, many within the league believed Garland would be the selection, with Venecie citing the prospect’s connection to Klutch Sports.
  • New Cavaliers head coach John Beilein is a fan of Hunter, a source tells Venecie. It’s unclear what kind of influence the coach will have on the team’s draft decisions. It’s worth noting that Cleveland doesn’t need a point guard, having Collin Sexton installed as franchise’s future at the position.
  • If Garland remains on the board at No. 5, Cleveland may have a more attractive trade asset on their hands. Phoenix at No. 6 is said to be in the market for a point guard and that could create urgency for another team to trade up to No. 5.
  • The Hawks appear to favor Hunter, though they may need to trade up to take the Virginia product. Atlanta has the No. 8 and No. 10 overall in addition to four other selections in the top 44. The franchise has had talks with teams about moving up in the draft but they’ve also spoken with clubs about moving down.
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20 thoughts on “Draft Notes: No. 4, Garland, Hunter, Hawks

  1. hiflew

    Do the Bulls really have anything on their roster other than Markannen or Carter? The rest of their roster are players that are paid far more than their contributions warrant.

    Porter is good, but not $26 million for 3 years good. LaVine is good, but probably unnecessary on the NO roster. No one else on their roster is worth the 4th pick of the second round. Unless they package the #7 with a future pick, I don’t see them moving up.

    • hiflew

      I take that back. Maybe NO could make a deal with the Bulls

      Pelicans get
      Zach LaVine
      #7 pick

      Bulls get
      Lonzo Ball
      Solomon Hill
      #4 pick

      • Z-A

        Wouldn’t Ball negate the reason for trading up for a PG? Plus I think they like LaVine more than this article leads you to believe.

        • hiflew

          I agree with you. I don’t think this deal would happen. It was just the only conceivable trade idea I could come up with regarding a player other than Markannen or Carter.

          • x%sure

            Vecenie thought a Markanon-#4 trade would be perfect, because to be his best, Markanon needs to be a 5 with a 4 like ZWill, and Chicago will be better off with Garland than with maybe-White.

            • x%sure

              CHI would still have the #7 for a PF.
              Chris did not include this part in his synopsis possibly as an opinion of its liklihood of happening. CHI fans want the Bulls to be keeping their Markkanens.

            • hiflew

              I’d do it. You can get Garland and probably Hunter in that scenario. Hunter could replace Markannen. It’s not like he is an elite player, he is just a very good player. Plus you get Hunter for more years. It’s not like the Bulls are on the cusp of competing.

              • x%sure

                Pels would have to offer more, like Hart at least.
                They could make Markkanen look better by not making him guard forwards. Danger for GarPax!

      • Voice of Reason

        People totally under value lavine. 23.7 ppg, 4.7 boards a game and 4.5 assists. And, he’s 24 years old

      • hiflew

        Are you bringing your Sunday prayers here or did you have something relevant to say?

  2. Luckylefty2

    Bulls will not give up lauri for an unproven injured PG. if they do please fire gar-pax. I wouldnt even give up WCJ for that pick.

  3. If Griffin could get LM for # 4, he’s a strong candidate for executive of the year. If can get him for Ball, then he should win the award for this past year and the coming one.

  4. hiflew

    Do people not see that the Bulls will trade anyone EXCEPT Markannen and Carter?

    • cubfan16

      They also told Butler he wasn’t going to be traded but how did that work out? I am not saying they will trade him but if they were to receive an offer that they can’t refuse I could see this bunch making a move.

      • hiflew

        That may be true, but we are commenting on the stories as they have been written. Of course they may change their mind, but that can be saved for a different story.

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