I've been told that the Los Angeles Clippers could trade their No. 8
pick to Chicago for Luol Deng and the Bulls' 17th pick. I haven't
gotten confirmation on this from a team official, but this trade is
feasible because I know the Clippers aren't enamored with any of the
guys they can get with the eighth pick. Also, their biggest position of
need is small forward. Adding Deng would give them a starting five of
Baron Davis, Eric Gordon, Deng, Blake Griffin and Chris Kaman. That's
pretty formidable. While this eats up most of the Clippers' cap space,
they realize they weren't going to get one of the top-flight free agents
anyway, certainly not if Donald Sterling refuses to sell the club.
This seems too good to be true quite honestly.
It does make sense for the Clippers in some respects (they'll miss out on the top tier guys, and Deng will only cost them about 10 million a season due to his deferred payments making him cheaper than the 2nd tier FAs of similar ability.
Still, I don't see why they agree to give up the #8. At the same time, if the Bulls make this move and don't get back an asset they better be damn sure they get LeBron otherwise they're a lot worse off moving Deng for cap room.