In context of Gobert trade rumors, Eversley emphasizes Bulls will have 'pragmatic' mindset


(670 The Score) The Bulls have been tied to Jazz star center Rudy Gobert in the trade rumor mill as much as any team in the NBA.

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After the team failed to make any big waves during the NBA Draft on Thursday evening – Chicago stood pat at No. 18 overall, where it took Arizona guard Dalen Terry – general manager Marc Eversley declined to specifically address the Gobert rumors but did speak philosophically about the organization’s larger mindset.

“Simply put, this is the time of year when everything starts to churn, like the draft, free agency,” Eversley said. “We’re going to get into heavy dialogues with trade. I don’t want to comment on another team’s player. I will tell you that we’ve taken calls on several different players and several different iterations around the league. We will continue to do so, but I don’t want to comment specifically on that particular player.

“We’re going to continue to take a pragmatic approach to this,” Eversley added when asked about balancing incremental steps forward against pushing all the trade chips in for a giant leap. “We did take a big leap last year. What we’re committed to doing is coming in here every single day – whether that’s up in the front office or down here on the floor – and doing everything we can do to improve this team on a daily basis. I don’t think there’s any one player or any giant leap that we’re going to encounter overnight that’s going to turn this thing. We’re going to come in here every single day and do the things we need to do to try and improve and grow this team. And we’re committed to doing that.”

Gobert, 29, is a three-time Defensive Player of the Year. He averaged 15.6 points and an NBA-best 14.7 rebounds last season, when he also led the league by shooting 71.3%. He’s as good as it gets defensively in the NBA, though his offensive game is rather limited. He has four years and around $169 million left on his contract.

Cody Westerlund is a sports editor for and covers the Bulls. Follow him on Twitter @CodyWesterlund.

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