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Report: Bulls interested in acquiring Arron Afflalo from the Magic

By Zach Harper | NBA writer

Afflalo could be on the move to the Bulls. (USATSI)
Arron Afflalo could be on the move to the Bulls. (USATSI)

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The Chicago Bulls are primed to have a very active offseason. With the way the roster has been constructed over the past few seasons, they've been relying on Derrick Rose to carry a defensive-centric team to the NBA championship. The problems with that are Rose doesn't have much help on the offensive end of the floor and he hasn't been able to stay on the floor either, due to injuries. The Bulls are apparently adamant about getting Rose some help.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports is reporting the Bulls are in pursuit of acquiring Arron Afflalo of the Orlando Magic. Afflalo was nearly an All-Star for a bad Magic team in 2013-14 and his contract situation leaves him as a good possibility to maximize a one season rental of the shooting guard before he hits free agency.

The Chicago Bulls are pursuing a trade for Orlando Magic swingman Arron Afflalo, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Afflalo, 28, has two years left on his contract – including an Early Termination Option (ETO) provision next summer – and front office executives believe the Magic are prioritizing a trade for Afflalo over working to extend his contract.

Afflalo had the best season of his career in 2013-14, averaging career highs in scoring (18.2) and assists (3.4). He also hit a very impressive 42.7 percent from 3-point range on 300 attempts. Looking at the shooting guard options Rose has had next to him in the past, Afflalo would be a massive upgrade at the backcourt position. Rose has been paired with Keith Bogans, Richard Hamilton (way past his prime), and Jimmy Butler (solid role player but not as good as Afflalo).

The Bulls are also said to be heavily in pursuit of Carmelo Anthony and could possibly be a trade destination for Kevin Love if the Carmelo attempts aren't successful. Afflalo has two years lefton his contract at $7.5 million per season, but the second year is a player option. He's expected to forego that player option and capitalize on being an unrestricted free agent.

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