Denver Nuggets, Chicago Bulls In Possible Talks About Swapping Picks


Feb 21, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Denver Nuggets power forward Kenneth Faried (35) is defended by Chicago Bulls power forward Taj Gibson (22) during the second quarter at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

According to an insider post from Chad Ford of, the Denver Nuggets and Chicago Bulls are rumored to be in talks about swapping draft picks in the upcoming 2014 NBA Draft. Denver currently holds in the 11th overall pick while the Bulls hold the 16th and 19th overall picks.

If a deal were to be true, Denver would likely acquire the 16th and 19th overall pick from Chicago in exchange for the 11th overall selection.

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Denver has been rumored to be shopping the 11th overall pick according to Chris Dempsey of The Denver Post as general manager Tim Connelly reiterated that they have received calls for the pick. Denver is in a current situation where they will be getting back key players such as Danilo Gallinari, JaVale McGee, J.J. Hickson, and Nate Robinson to go along with a deep second-unit. Denver has the talent to compete now it will all depend on a healthy Ty Lawson, Danilo Gallinari, and Kenneth Faried.

It’s unlikely to see an 11th overall selection come in and compete right away — especially to crack the deep Nuggets rotation. Denver could get some value in the 16th and 19th overall picks, drafting players that can be developed down the road and turn into solid role players in the meantime.

Denver has been linked to players such as Nik Stauskas, Gary Harris, Jusuf Nurkic, Rodney Hood, and Tyler Ennis with the 11th overall pick.