Bulls shopping Deng?

Two separate rumors popped up today involving the Bulls’ Luol Deng for a high lottery pick. The first from Rick Bucher noting that the Cavs were perhaps interested in Deng for the #1 overall pick in the draft [with the Bulls sending something else as well], and the second was with the Bulls approaching the Wizards for the #3 pick which would likely also return Emeka Okafor in the deal to Chicago.

While even Bucher seemed skeptical that a deal would go through with the Cavs, his skepticism seemed more wrapped around the idea that the Cavs wanted too much for the pick (or at least that’s how I read it.

Mark Stein reported the trade with Washington and noted that the Bulls floated the potential deal to the Wizards rather than vice versa.

If Chicago were to trade Luol Deng to get higher into the draft then Ben McLemore, Otto Porter, or Victor Oladipo would seem to be the most obvious targets. The Bulls may decide that it’s better to part ways with Luol Deng now rather than try to extend him in another season when he’ll likely ask for more money than they want to pay and risk losing him for nothing.

If they could get a high lottery pick this year then it’s a pretty sweet deal for them if there’s someone they like. On the same note, a rebuilding team that wants a veteran presence would surely benefit from Luol Deng, but I don’t see all that much incentive unless that team simply feels it has enough youth already. However, with Deng a free agent at the end of the season it feels like a lot to give up on a guy who might bolt anyway.

I’d bet against any deal getting done.


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  • Wait?! Ric Bucher is peddling incredulous deals for ratings purposes ala Wade, Bron Bron fantasies of 2010?! NO way!?!?

    We all know a Deng trade for a high lotto pick or even late lotto say 11-13 is a million to one. The chance and time to do that deal was last season and the Bulls wouldn't take on short term salary even though all the years of tax avoidance and obscenely huge profit taking would seem to dictate otherwise for any remotely fan valuing franchise supposedly "making a run." In your dreams Deng for Oladipo or McLemore Pucher. Only in your sensationalist money rooted ratings dreams.

  • In reply to RoadWarrior:

    Its possible for a deal to get done. The Wiz need a leader and Deng would fit that and the Bulls need a back up big man and young talent perimeter wise. Bulls would get the better of the deal but both teams would help one another.

  • In reply to RoadWarrior:

    CLE is interested in Deng. They just aren't interested in him for the #1 pick, which Bucher never says they are.

  • If rhe Bulls can indeed pull off any deal involving Deng for a high draft pick, by all means it needs to get done. The Wizards helped the Bulls before by accepting Hinrich for the big 2010 fiasco, so maybe their willing to do it again cause the Bulls would be getting the better of the deal.

  • Oh, and if your the Bulls as in Gar/Pax/Dorf why not titillate your fan base with phony trades for supposed No.3 picks that will NEVER happen because you are too stingy and one sided and disingenuous to ever pull off anything remotely this spectacular!! Great move Gar/Pax we all know you're doing EVERYTHING possible to improve this ball club to championship (pretend) oops contender.

  • In reply to RoadWarrior:

    What a great comment. Thanks for keeping it under 10,000 words this time.

  • I'll believe they trade Deng away the day he actually gets traded. And maybe not even then.

    "You can have my Lu when you pry it from my cold, dead hand." — T. Thibodeau

  • Deng and Charlotte pick for Varejao ($4M guaranteed final year of deal '14-15), CJ Miles ('13-14 unguaranteed), #1 Pick.

    Then flip that (and someone's salary) for LaMarcus Aldridge!

    In the words of Boozer..... http://youtu.be/Jbi8ktzHjqw?t=3s

  • At first, it does seem like the Wiz would be crazy to make this deal. But, if you take a look at their roster (and if they make this deal)...you would have a starting 5 of Wall, Beal, Lu, Seraphin, and Nene. That's not too bad at all, and probably better than Washington has had in a long time. Lu would look good with that scoring backcourt as well.

    Who knows, stranger things have happened. I would like this from the Bulls' perspective, as long as they get McLemore, Oladipo or Porter with the Wiz #3. Potential for a young 2 guard on a rookie contract and some flexibility after Okafor's deal expires. Also, Okafor would really be a nice backup big man for 2013/14 and a significant improvement over nasty nazr.

  • In reply to JC 2012:

    They turned down harden for Neal because they were afraid of paying Harden a max.

    I think that's all we need to know about what WAS needs and doesn't need.

  • looks like the Bulls aren't liking Deng's contract demands, he's probably asking for 4/48, his last dance before he completely falls apart but like many have said, the time to trade deng was last year. I don't think a team would give up a lotto talent for deng, maybe a midrange 15th pick at best.

  • In reply to Defense-Rebound13:

    Before he falls apart?

    Think them horses left the barn! Deng looked awful in the playoffs.

    "But he was injured and overworked" one may reply.

    Thibs is the coach of the Bulls. Deng isn't seeing well rested and/or healthy ever again in Chicago.

    If the Bulls have any shot of trading him, they would be wise to do o.

  • Must say I agree with RoadWarrior and Defense-Rebound13 that last year was a ridiculous, almost unforgivable, missed opportunity to trade Deng for bad salary and a top draft pick to financially desperate owners (Maloof's) who ultimately unloaded both Sacramento's 1st and 2nd round picks in money saving transactions.

    Are GarPax Dorf actually shopping Deng now? Is this a year too late or will a trade be completed this week? We won't have to wait long to find out.

    I will forgive GarPax Dorf if they can pull this off, but as RoadWarrior commented we shouldn't get our hopes up given their track record.

    RoadWarrior, I thought I was the most cynical Bulls fan on this blog. I see I have company.... It's difficult not to be cynical when one can recall Rein$dorf's ownership history.

  • In reply to Edward:

    They missed the opportunity to move Deng. Although I question whether Paxson can actually complete a trade without whiffing the hell out of it...

    That said moving Deng for a top 5 pick would shut me up for a while until Dumb and Dumber start bungling things up again with their ultra conservative afraid to do anything big style.

  • Ric bucher has never been right about anything!!

  • In reply to bullzfan:

    Except that Rose would sit out the entire year.

  • In reply to YouBlewwIt:

    90% percent of the media said he would sit out. Mostly the fans thought he would be back.

  • In reply to bullzfan:

    Is that your official stance? You realize you can't edit or delete comment right?

    90% of the media knew and fans felt there was a chance he would miss the whole season? Yeah, okay.

  • In reply to YouBlewwIt:

    Why in the world would I want to delete anything? All I'm saying is ric bucher majority of the time what he says usually doesn't happen. That many media people kc Johnson Michael Wilbon Stephen a smith said rose wasn't coming back. You re acting like he predicted something no body said would happen. Lol

  • In reply to bullzfan:

    You need to do your research buddy. Nobody said he was going to sit out the entire year, NOBODY.

    Until Bucher said it and that's when the ball got rolling so everybody could.

    Why do you think everybody flipped the fuck out?

  • In reply to YouBlewwIt:

    I said most of the media felt he wasn't coming back and the fans thought he would be back.

  • Bulls will have to add the Charlotte Pick to the deal ? Which is smart money. For the Cavs its giving up a 1st in a weak draft for a chance at another high selection in a stronger draft 2016. They get a veteran small forward and Deng could re-sign with them. Thou, I think Gibson is the player they should be using as trade bait.

  • In the mean time Adrian worjanowski is reporting bulls and deng have started contract extension. http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nba--bulls--luol-deng-talking-contract-extension-171420751.html

  • In reply to bullzfan:

    So who really knows if deng is going or staying?!! LOL I just hope bulls make a bold move to improve the team

  • In reply to bullzfan:

    He should try to get a no-trade clause if they ask for a hometown discount. Dude has earned it with all the speculation he's had to deal with.

  • In reply to Tyler Soze:

    He can't get one if he does an extension. The contract has to be over.

  • In reply to bullzfan:

    And that is the move I expected from uber conservatives Gar and Pax. Dudes don't have an agressive bone in their bodies... Let their 2014 plan commence! Big move? Resigning a declining Deng to another overpriced contract that is the bulls idea of a bold move...

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