Rumor: Bulls Looking To Trade Luol Deng
According to reports out of Chicago, the Bulls are dangling Luol Deng in front of teams prior to the draft to gauge his trade value.
HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: It’s hard to imagine the Bulls without Deng, but when you consider he is slated to make $13.3 million dollars next season, it’s definitely a possibility.
Another issue worth considering is Deng’s injured wrist. Deng tore a ligament in his left wrist back on January 21st but played thru it and actually played the highest minutes per game of his entire career this season, averaging 39.4 MPG. Even though that didn’t hinder his production much this season, it seems as though Deng and Bulls management have differing opinions about when to have the surgery.
Deng initially said he’d have it after the season, but since decided to instead have it after the upcoming Olympics in July, in which Deng will represent Great Britain. Postponing the surgery means that Deng won’t have it until after the completion of the Olympics, which means he could potentially miss the start of the 2012-13 NBA season.
Deng’s entire career has been peppered with injuries. In eight seasons he has only managed to stay healthy for an entire season once, back in 2006-07.
But when healthy, Deng is the most consistent all-around player on the Bulls and has been for some time. Aside from being one of the best on the ball defenders in the league, Deng’s overall skill on offense is something he doesn’t get enough credit for.
Heading into next season with no Derrick Rose, it really makes you wonder how the Bulls will generate offense as is, let alone without Deng.
But when you consider that next year Joakim Noah is due $11 million, Carlos Boozer is due $15 million and Derrick Rose will make $15.5 million, it isn’t far-fetched to think that Deng could be dealt in an attempt for the Bulls to move up from the 29th spot in next month’s draft to fill the void.
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