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Report: Luol Deng to the Wizards for the No. 3 pick discussed

Jun 24, 2013, 2:01 PM EDT

Luol Deng AP

It’s early Monday afternoon the week of the draft, and we have our first rumored trade talks to report.

And this rumor’s a good one, involving a two-time All-Star and a top-three pick.

From Marc Stein of

Sources close to the situation told that the Chicago Bulls, in their latest attempt to gauge the trade value of All-Star swingman Luol Deng, have had exploratory discussions with Washington about a deal that would land Deng with the Wizards and bring the No. 3 pick in Thursday’s draft to the Bulls.

Emeka Okafor would need to be included from the Wizards to make this deal work, and he’d have to pick up his player option for more than $14 million for next season, which he’s likely to do whether or not a trade is made.

Deng is in the final year of a contract that will pay him over $14 million next season, so despite his ironman-like value to the Bulls the last couple of seasons playing heavy minutes and contributing on both ends of the floor, Chicago may prefer to acquire a younger (and far less expensive) asset instead of potentially getting nothing in return for Deng if he leaves as a free agent.

This would be about the future for the Bulls, although it’s tough to see their fan base getting on board with this move from a short-term perspective. Chicago bothered the eventual champion Heat in the second round of the playoffs, and did so without Derrick Rose, and with several of their players — including Deng — unable to play due to injury.

An argument could be made that with a healthy Rose back in the fold at full strength, the Bulls would immediately move to the top of the list of Eastern Conference teams poised to legitimately challenge Miami. But losing Deng would be a big blow to those chances, even if Chicago is setting itself up to be better off two or more years in the future.

Deng averaged 16.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, and three assists in 38.7 minutes per game for the Bulls last season.

The Cleveland Cavaliers, who currently hold the number one overall pick in this year’s draft, reportedly have interest in Deng, as well.

  1. ivanoiurares40 - Jun 24, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    Reblogged this on TheSlashDash.

    • asimonetti88 - Jun 24, 2013 at 2:28 PM

      Excellent, now that I just finished reading it here, I was hoping to read the exact same thing again.

      • patfic15 - Jun 24, 2013 at 6:12 PM


  2. eureca323 - Jun 24, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    If Okafor and Ariza opt in which they are highly expected to then Wizards don’t have any cap space. So Bull would have to take back players as well that come close to Deng’s salary. I assume Ariza would be part of the trade if it happened along with others.

  3. ibreathefootball - Jun 24, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    Luol Deng shot 1-18 on three point shots in the 2013 NBA Playoffs. This would be the dumbest deal the Wizards have done in their existence.

    • tangledupinblue12 - Jun 24, 2013 at 2:16 PM

      He’s a streaky shooter, but can score in buckets at times, and is an absolutely rock solid defender. It’s not sexy, but as a Chicago fan who has watched him play for more than 7 years, he’s a great value. He makes everyone better around him.

      That said, our GM (Forman) has said many times that they want to try to land a big player in 2014. So, they are already planning for a year or two down the road. I’m OK with leveraging Lu for that goal, but who do you take at #3 that is that much better?

      The Wizards don’t want Boozer while we’re at it, do they?

    • azarkhan - Jun 24, 2013 at 2:19 PM

      Well genius, what about the rest of his 9 year NBA career?

      • ibreathefootball - Jun 24, 2013 at 2:28 PM

        He’s had a pretty good career. Worth the #3 overall pick? I would say not hardly. Maybe a mid 1st round pick. I would rather have McLemore, Oladipo than Deng.

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 24, 2013 at 3:03 PM

      What? Saying that such a small sample size of going 1 for 18 on 3 pt shots is worse than any deal they’ve done in their existence

      Revisit their Gilbert Arenas contract…

      The Wizards traded Chris Weber for a past his prime Mitch Richmond.

      Here are some of their lottery picks over the years:

      Kwame Brown #1 overall in 2001 (can’t wait for his HOF induction speech)
      Juan Dixon in 2002
      Jared Jeffries in 2002
      Jarvis Hayes in 2003
      Oleksiy Pecherov in 2006

      All of those guys were so much better than Luol Deng it’s not even funny according to you…

      Michael Jordan’s career 3 pt percentage is only .327%

      Luol Deng’s career 3 pt percentage is currently .334%

    • stayhigh_247 - Jun 24, 2013 at 5:01 PM

      he’s better than Okafor and Ariza combined and would a valued asset that J Wall would appreciate. As a Wizards fan you should be happy but as a Bulls fan I feel sick. I liked Ariza in his Lakers days but haven’t seen much (or heard anything) lately that says he’d be a good fit with D Rose. The Bulls need to keep shopping..

  4. skinsnation703 - Jun 24, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    If this happens the Washington wizards Fan base will explode with anger.

    • tangledupinblue12 - Jun 24, 2013 at 2:18 PM

      The Wizards have a fan base?

      • sire2334 - Jun 24, 2013 at 3:11 PM

        Yes, much to your ignorance there are still a few of us left. I can either ride it out with my team OR I can become a fair-weather Heat, Lakers, Clippers or Knicks fan. Which one are you?

      • aboogy123456 - Jun 24, 2013 at 3:25 PM

        don’t worry sire and skins, you guys will be laughing soon enough. Wizards have as good of a future as any team and next year these idiots won’t be cracking jokes about the wizards.

      • tangledupinblue12 - Jun 24, 2013 at 6:29 PM

        A Bulls fan. And a Cubs fan, so, I know something about sticking out the bad years. It was a joke; feel free to grow a sense of humor at any time.

  5. sportsnut101 - Jun 24, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    Wow nice way to repay a man who did everything for u bulls I’m bulls fan but this man almost died in hospital n he guarded everyone played most min in league if they make this trade say by to bulls chances this season Even with rose coming back who’s gonna guard lebron or Paul George or melo.

    Wizards won’t make this trade. Why trade a top 3 pick who u will have for 4 yrs at least Bulls want pottter or mclemore

    • lmoneyfresh - Jun 24, 2013 at 7:00 PM

      Everything except get his wrist fixed? You know the injury that has wrecked his ability to score consistently.

  6. boondocksaint224 - Jun 24, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    1) Your blog sucks, and we don’t want to hear about how you reblogged this. That goes for EVERYBODY who comes on here and posts nothing other than “Come check out my hot garbage blog to read the exact same thing you just read here.”

    2) Deng is very good, but the emergence of Jimmy Butler mitigates the sting of losing Deng some.

    3) Wizards fans will fall in love with Deng once they see how much he cares, and how hard he works on both ends of the court.

    4) Bulls fans will quickly forgive GarPax for dealing Deng away if that #3 pick becomes Ben McLemore.

    • aboogy123456 - Jun 24, 2013 at 2:52 PM

      wizards would never do this trade in a million years. Why add a 28 year old player to a very young core roster when they have a chance to add another core young player that can grow with the team, and possibly be good as deng? Add in the fact that they lose okafor’s valuable expiring contract and you can see that the wizards probably laughed in their face. If you are going to evaluate a trade, you have to look at how it affects both teams, not just the team you’re rooting for.

      • hannsta - Jun 24, 2013 at 3:13 PM

        Key word is possibly. A 28 year old garuntee is better than a 20 year old maybe in a weak draft, especially if they get drop a bad contract in the process imo.

      • nolanwiffle - Jun 24, 2013 at 3:16 PM

        You’ve cited the exact reason the Wizards WOULD do thi9s deal……they’re too young. They believe that with the group they have now, when healthy, they’re a playoff team. They don’t need another 3-4 year project player. They’re ready to win.

      • aboogy123456 - Jun 24, 2013 at 3:28 PM

        no! their star players are young, but not TOO young. They still have very good veteran presence with guys like okafor and nene, it’s not like they need another core player to join the team. The wizards will be competing for the title in a couple years…at that time I would much rather have this year’s #3 pick than a 30 year old Deng. I love Deng but it is short sighted to think they would want this trade so they can be slightly better before beal and wall hit their peak.

        And how is Okafor a bad contract? He’s a valuable expiring $15 million contract, that’s an asset. Next year he will be off the books and they will be able to resign him for cheap. Him and Ariza’s contracts expire just in time to extend john wall so they are in a good place financially.

      • aboogy123456 - Jun 24, 2013 at 3:31 PM

        how is Okafor a bad contract? He’s a valuable expiring $15 million contract, that’s an asset. Next year he will be off the books and they will be able to resign him for cheap. Him and Ariza’s contracts expire just in time to extend john wall so they are in a good place financially. John wall and beal are the future stars so it doesn’t make sense to get a guy who will be 30 when they hit their pick.

      • aboogy123456 - Jun 24, 2013 at 3:35 PM

        how is Okafor a bad contract?

      • JHathwell - Jun 24, 2013 at 3:44 PM

        The Deng contract expires after next year, too.

      • aboogy123456 - Jun 24, 2013 at 3:55 PM

        so the wizards could possibly lose deng and they could possibly lose okafor, in both scenarios. I’d rather be sure that I get a cheap young talent with the #3 pick. The wizards are still growing as a team, it doesn’t make sense to make this trade unless you’re a bulls fan. Wizards will make the playoffs this year either way, why should they trade for a guy who won’t put them over the top and they have to re-sign?

    • dadawg77 - Jun 24, 2013 at 5:18 PM

      Agreed but is the reblog thing something WordPress does?

      The Cavs or Wizard are looking to trade for a veteran because they need to make a playoff run next year. One of the best perimeter defenders in the league can be the quicker and less risky method then there than a low pick in a bad draft. If Deng works out, they have the option to pay him to keep him. Both those teams need to start winning now in order to prevent their stars from having feelings about wanting to leave and play for a winning team.

      The Bulls do the trade because it puts them below the tax and Butler’s play makes Deng expendable. Secondly, they hope to add a quality player with cheap rookie contract which makes getting a big FA or two for 2014 off-season a lot easier. Okafor would provide good backup for Noah’s feet.

  7. aboogy123456 - Jun 24, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    I love how when one team wants to do a trade (chicago) and the other team (wizards) would never ever do it, it becomes a rumor. It’s like the “rumor” of blake griffin and bledsoe in a sign and trade for dwight, obviously it’s only one side that is proposing this. It’s like if the wizards offered okafor for lebron james, and then we posted an article saying that there are rumors of this trade.

  8. readysethike - Jun 24, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    healthwise is Deng ok? i never heard anything else after he was in the hospital

  9. readysethike - Jun 24, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    healthwise is Deng ok? i never heard anything else after he was in the hospital

    • raidernation53 - Jun 24, 2013 at 7:05 PM

      I had meningitis (I believe the same thing he had that hospitalized him) when I was 7 years old. Worst illness I have ever had and was hospitalized for 2 weeks. Crazy migraine headaches, flu symptoms and vomiting.. even ended up having to get a spinal tap. On the way to the hospital I honestly thought I was going to die. There should be no after effects going forward though, nothing long term so he should be good to go.. still can’t believe some of them were able to play going through that.. amazing determination by those Bulls players

  10. zacksdad - Jun 24, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    Since Rose probably does not feel ready to play real games yet, they are looking to be in the re-build mode.

  11. losntina69 - Jun 24, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    This trade is awful, there is no way you trade the 3rd pick in the draft for an aging player. I rather take Cousins from Sac town then Deng. I like Deng but if this was the 21 year old deng then yeah by all means, but this is a player that is almost 30 and on the downside of his career. NO Thank you. So what this bum of ernie is telling me is that he would trade the 3rd pick for a almost 30 year old player but was unwilling to do so last year to trade for a 24 year old stud in James Harden???? Thanks ernie may you live forever…ass.

  12. cantonbound13 - Jun 24, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    Great move by the Bulls. They need a young star to help Rose. Deng is good but not great.

  13. jcrileyesq - Jun 24, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Draft porter, see how it works with an improving Wall. If Porter is a bust go after Deng next year as a FA

  14. asublimeday - Jun 24, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    Get the #1 or don’t trade deng. This draft is a joke.

  15. stephenolszewski - Jun 24, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    If I’m a Wizards fan I’d be cringing every off season at what move they’ll make next, I know this draft isn’t stacked but Otto Porter would fit nicely into that lineup with John Wall and Beal. Washington rebuilding on the fly with average to above average players makes no sense and will only hurt them in the end. We will all see that once they’re blowing it up in 2-3 years once again.

  16. asublimeday - Jun 24, 2013 at 6:07 PM


  17. dcdiehard82 - Jun 24, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    Worst trade ever!!! Why don’t we just trade Chris Webber in his prime for Mitch Richmond!???… Oh wait we did

  18. jhuck92 - Jun 24, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    For the love of God, can they take Boozer off our hands instead? He needs to get out of Chicago, not Lu.

    • lmoneyfresh - Jun 25, 2013 at 10:20 AM

      Booz doesn’t have an expiring contract this year. Not gonna happen.

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