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Report: Bulls checking to see what draft pick Deng would bring

Jun 18, 2012, 12:20 PM EDT

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In the NBA, there are all kinds of trade conversations that start out because one team is curious what they can get for a player. General managers need to know a players value on the market.

Chicago, like a lot of top teams, sees a luxury tax issue in its future so the idea of moving a big name for a younger, cheaper player who can provide some help makes sense. Which brings us to the rumor from the Daily Herald in Chicago.

The Bulls have put moving Luol Deng to move way up in the draft “under consideration.”

First off, I’d be shocked if anything came of this. But I can also see the logic in exploring it.

Deng is set to make $13.3 million next season. That’s in addition to Carlos Boozer’s $15 million, Joakim Noah’s $11 million and the max deal for Derrick Rose kicking in. With just guys already under contract Chicago is right at the luxury tax line next year, and those big deals aren’t getting smaller.

Eventually someone may have to be moved or amnestied because the tax burden escalates dramatically if you are over the line for three years. If you could trade Deng and get into a spot where you could draft a Thomas Robinson or Michael Kidd-Gilchrist that is something you might have to consider. Not because they are better players than Deng, but because you need to get under the tax threshold in the next couple years before the penalties kick in.

Welcome to the new NBA where the owners think they want parity. That’s not what sells for this sport, but they are going to kill some potentially great teams to learn that lesson.

By the way Bulls fans, Deng is working out with Great Britain’s basketball team in preparation for the London Olympics starting in July. However, he is not going to play in any of the friendlies leading up to the games due to his injured wrist, which likely requires surgery after the Games. Which will have him missing the start of the season.

  1. hwatt - Jun 18, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    well the nba is set on keeping its 30 teams. They could improve product by contracting the league, something most fans want (i guess except the ones in losing cities?), but apparently that violates somebody’s financial model. Or.. theoretical financial model.

    I could have sworn I really heard Stern mention it’d be nice to have 1 superstar per team, max. because those guys at the bottom of the bench deserve more playing time. And those guys coming out of this ‘expanded draft’, whenever/ifever that happens, need to… do something.

    • uptmonsta - Jun 18, 2012 at 1:06 PM

      The NBA has put a great product on the floor this season. Suprise stars – Jeremy Lin, Kevin Love. Playoff parity – Philly making a run and the old guys also making runs (Boston, San Antonio) and a fantastic Finals match up.

      The new CBA will make the league even more competitive.

      Contraction doesn’t help the league at all in my opinon.

      • hwatt - Jun 19, 2012 at 9:02 AM

        Philly made a run because d rose got injured and boston was old. That’s called luck of the draw. And sure, you mentioned about 3 surprise stars, so if the league was 15 teams strong then every game would be exciting. But now we have the bobcats…. and we got so many franchises like Portland, Sacremento, even Washington, with a couple of key guys and a lot of fluff.

        Contraction would eliminate so many throw-away games and so many franchise still waiting for a true franchise superstar.

  2. blueintown - Jun 18, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    Deng and #29 to Sacramento for Evans and #5.

    • merchie89 - Jun 18, 2012 at 1:07 PM

      are you high? so you say deng is worth the #5 pick and a young still growing player and a first….grow brain please

      • blueintown - Jun 18, 2012 at 1:17 PM

        I didn’t say Deng was “worth” anything. But if they want to have a discussion, I would start here. The Kings have said they are open to moving Tyreke, and there have been rumors about him being moved to the Bulls anyway. Trades are never about true worth as they are financial concerns and team needs. You think one Pau Gasol was worth one Kwame Brown, one Javaris Crittenton, and a couple of picks? But I will try to “grow brain”.

      • acdc363 - Jun 18, 2012 at 2:33 PM

        Blueintown just school you son.

      • wjmoffatt - Jun 18, 2012 at 4:21 PM

        Blueintown also forgot to mention that Marc Gasol was part of the trade and 2-3 first round picks

  3. trybe29dr - Jun 18, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    Its true the kings want to trade evans and maybe he will bet traded to the bulls…why would sacramento move down 24 picks to facilitate that deal? Btw one of those picks for gasol was marc gasol…so that trade wasnt the rob job everyone made it into…

    • wjmoffatt - Jun 18, 2012 at 4:24 PM

      Lakers already drafted Marc Gasol, so wasn’t a pick, the picks were bonuses

  4. Louis Tumblin - Jun 18, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    Can you say overpaid because that’s what’s happening here. Not worth a lottery pick even a late one.

  5. jrod2173 - Jun 18, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    I can see the Warriors trying to get into the Deng sweepstakes very aggressively. They have already been rumored to be going after all the big SF guys (Gay, Iggy, etc.). There a few possible scenarios as possible trades:

    1. Deng for Richard Jefferson and the #7 and possibly the 30th (or second rounder).

    2. Deng for Biedrins and D. Wright and the #7 and possibly the 30th (or second rounder).

    That’s about all the Warriors could offer. I’m not sure it gets it done though.

    • wjmoffatt - Jun 18, 2012 at 4:22 PM

      They wouldn’t get an instant player though with that pick……

  6. wlubake - Jun 18, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    Lamar Odom, Vince Carter and the #17 pick for Deng. The Mavs get a player that can help attract Williams while Chicago gets heavy cap relief, given the team options on both Odom and Carter.

    • 20dollardinners - Jun 18, 2012 at 4:04 PM

      Dallas would do that in a heartbeat.

      • wlubake - Jun 18, 2012 at 7:10 PM

        Of course they would! For what it is worth, the ESPN trade machine shows this as a net zero trade for both teams (does not affect the win total on either team).

  7. fballlvr22 - Jun 18, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    Agree or Disagree with the move of Deng….as a long time Bulls fan I think it is safe to say that we over payed (maybe an understatement) Carlos Boozer. We missed on Bosh/LeBron/Wade and Boozer was a mistake. 15 mill? He is killing the Bulls, and I feel that losing Deng the Bulls would lose the “glue” of their team. I would hate to see him go, but it is a business as we all know.

    • bougin89 - Jun 18, 2012 at 9:04 PM

      I think everyone agrees. Boozer was the classic option G or whatever he was. Bulls missed on Wade, Lebron, Bosh, Joe Johnson, etc. and Boozer ended up getting premium money. At that time he was thought of being the last piece to the puzzle but instead is may

      • bougin89 - Jun 18, 2012 at 9:06 PM

        (may)be their second best PF. Didn’t mean to fire off that first post that soon.

  8. chicagosworth - Jun 18, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    I would hate to lose Deng, must have a better option then him.

  9. crohrbaugh - Jun 18, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    They should amnesty boozer before trading deng.

  10. trybe29dr - Jun 19, 2012 at 12:14 AM

    You guys think an awful lot of deng talking about giving lottery picks…

  11. gmsingh - Jun 19, 2012 at 6:50 AM

    Welcome to the new NBA where the owners think they want parity. That’s not what sells for this sport, but they are going to kill some potentially great teams to learn that lesson.

    This is an outstanding observation–kudos.

  12. fanz928 - Jun 19, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    Deng boozer #29 to sac for cousins and evans

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