So the Denver Nuggets don't want Luol Deng. They don't want the long term salary commitment. However, according to Sam Smith, the Bulls can move Deng for expirings to the Warriors.
Here's why it's so tough to make a deal. There were reports this
weekend in a Bay Area newspaper the Warriors would like to strengthen
their team by moving Dorell Wright to sixth man and trading for someone
like Andre Iguodala, Danny Granger, Josh Smith, Jeff Green or Luol Deng.
The report said the Warriors would offer expiring contracts for Deng.
I still doubt the Bulls have enough. Draft picks, Taj Gibson, and an expiring probably isn't exciting enough to entice Denver. However, if long term salary was a big issue for the Nuggets, the Bulls have a way around that.
Granted, there's no use in trading Deng for expirings unless it's in a three way deal for a better player (notably Anthony assuming he'd agree to an extension). Deng's been quite good this year, helping to anchor the defense, provide shooting, and gets to the line at a decent rate.
If he was an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season, you probably wouldn't sign him to a 3 year 39 million dollar extension, but if he was making 10 million a year, you'd be happy to have him on your team.
The Bulls wouldn't be able to take advantage of any cap space from a Deng trade, so there's no chance this goes down without a better player coming back to Chicago in a three way.