2022 NBA Mock Draft Roundup: Bulls’ options with 18th pick

For the first time in five years, the Chicago Bulls had no stake in the NBA Draft Lottery when slots were drawn Tuesday night.

But, as owners of the 18th overall pick in the 2022 draft, the team has a vested interest in the happenings of this week’s combine — whether they ultimately decide to make or trade the selection.

“We’ve got to explore everything,” Bulls executive vice present Artūras Karnišovas said in his end-of-season exit interview when asked if he would explore trading further future draft capital after unloading first-round picks in 2021, 2023 and 2025 in deals for Nikola Vučević and DeMar DeRozan. 

“The way I allow things to settle for the draft is you get a better feel a week or two before the draft, because you’re going through workouts and interviews. You get a better feel. Then obviously the prep for free agency is going on at the same time. Once it gets closer we’ll probably have a better idea, but right now it’s hard to say in terms of what kind of opportunities we’re going to have.”

In the event the Bulls keep the pick, here is a roundup of who draft experts currently project the team to target:

ESPN: Jeremy Sochan, F, Baylor

Front court depth is a need this offseason, and Sochan is a 6-foot-9 forward with the ability to defend the rim and perimeter. He averaged 6.4 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 0.7 blocks in…

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