The day after the Bulls' first-round playoff exit, coach Tom Thibodeau stood in the foyer of the Berto Center and repeated a common sentiment.
"You can never have enough shooting," he said.
At the NBA draft combine, which concluded Friday at Quest Multisport on the West Side, general manager Gar Forman began his answer about the Bulls' offseason needs with a similar thought.
"We've always talked about wanting to improve our shooting," he said.
If there's one consistent theme to what promises to be a fluid Bulls offseason, adding shooters to complement Derrick Rose stands out.
Rumor has it a certain seven-time All-Star named Carmelo Anthony is fairly proficient in that regard. But unless they pull off the difficult task of securing the prized offseason target, the Bulls will need to add that element via the 16th and 19th picks in this June's draft.
No surprise, then, that the Bulls have filled their off-court interviews and scheduled upcoming workouts with shooters.
"I watched them pretty much all season, and I think they're a shooter away from making that next jump," said Duke's Rodney Hood, who met with Bulls brass on Friday. "They had Mike Dunleavy but other than that, they really don't have too many shooters. I can come in and stretch the floor right away."
That's obviously some youthful bravado talking, but the point remains: In a draft deep with solid shooters, don't be surprised to see the Bulls use at least one of their picks on that need.
"If it's close between two guys and we think one can fill a need for us moving forward, we may put a little weight into that," Forman said.
The Bulls also met with Creighton's Doug McDermott, UCLA's Jordan Adams and Kentucky's James Young, among others, this week.
Sharp shooters: McDermott has talked often with fellow Creighton alum Kyle Korver, including Thursday night when they enjoyed a lighthearted moment.
"We were having a little contest to see who (has) the best vertical," McDermott said. "I think I got him. I had 361/2 (inches).
"But Kyle loved it in Chicago. He was sad to go. He loved playing for Coach Thibodeau. I know this would be a great spot for me. I really like where they're going and how comfortable I was in that meeting. They're real familiar with my game and have seen me play a lot."
Euro splash: Nikola Mirotic, the Bulls' 2011 draft-day acquisition, scored 19 points on 6-for-8 shooting in 24 minutes, 35 seconds as Real Madrid downed FC Barcelona 100-62 in Friday's semifinal of the Euroleague final four. Real Madrid faces Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv in Sunday's final.
"We watch all his games," Forman said of Mirotic. "Obviously, (international scout Ivica Dukan) goes over quite a bit. John (Paxson) and I have been over. We're confident he's going to come (to the NBA) at some point. Whether it's this summer or the following summer, we still don't know."
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