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Report: Derrick Rose injury could ‘accelerate’ attempts to trade Luol Deng

Nov 24, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT


The news of the latest injury to Derrick Rose, a torn meniscus that will require surgery, is devastating on multiple levels.

You have to feel for Rose personally, of course, considering all of the hard work he put in to come back from an injury to his other knee that forced him to miss all of last season.

And for Bulls fans, depending on how much time he ends up missing, it could mean the end of any hopes of contending for a title this season — not only because of the absence of Rose, but also because of what the franchise may choose to do with other key players on the roster.

From K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune:

Knowing Rose would return, management kept the 2013-14 Bulls intact for one, final championship run. Whether the reshaping of the roster, widely assumed to transpire next summer, will be accelerated could depend on for how long Rose is sidelined.

If Rose misses the remainder of the season, attempts to trade Luol Deng, who can walk as an unrestricted free agent next summer, could be accelerated.

It makes sense for the Bulls to try to get something in return for Deng, a two-time All-Star who is highly regarded by many of the league’s head coaches, and someone that management deemed wasn’t worthy of a contract extension. But with everyone well aware of the situation in Chicago, it’s more than likely that the Bulls won’t get what they would consider equal value in any trade offers.

There’s also Deng’s impending free agency to consider, so whatever teams do show interest would need assurances that Deng would have an interest in re-signing with his new club next season, and at a contract number agreeable to both parties.

The scenario is a complicated one for the Bulls front office, but right now it’s just something to look at. No decisions need to be made on the personnel front until it’s discovered whether or not Rose will be lost for the bulk of the season.

  1. Brian Keith Wallen - Nov 24, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    I’d say it’s about time to blow it up and start over for the Bulls, at least to an extent. There have always been questions about whether this core was good enough to win a title. Let Rose take his time and get healthy, and rebuild around him. (He’s still only 25.)

  2. ohioteamsusuallysuck - Nov 24, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    Trade deng to cavs for Thompson, jack and filler. Then trade boozer for anything or amnesty, same for taj. Only Noah should be untouchable

    • stayhigh_247 - Nov 24, 2013 at 9:30 PM

      only that crack pipe you keep using should be untouchable. and what do you think is gonna happen to the Bulls after your ridiculous trade? Wiggins?

    • Anoesis - Nov 25, 2013 at 2:02 AM

      Jeez, ohio, you know your comment was bad when the guy with “stayhigh_247” is telling you to back away from the pipe.

      • 00maltliquor - Nov 25, 2013 at 3:26 AM

        Epic! LOL

  3. tmdill18 - Nov 24, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    That sudden noise you just heard was the proverbial championship window slamming on Thib’s fingers.

  4. alexbebeastin - Nov 24, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    I will call up Kings, ask for Thomas, Jimmer, and Salmons and give up Deng amd maybe a couple second rounders

  5. timb12 - Nov 24, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    It’s frustrating to see management and the coach on the same page.

  6. legend30 - Nov 24, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Three-way trade.

    Bulls acquire: Marcus Thornton and J.J. Barea

    Kings acquire: Luol Deng and Dante Cunningham

    Timberwolves acquire: John Salmons

  7. jamesk2465 - Nov 24, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    Deng for Evan Turner ? Turner would prolly love to go back to the CHI and they would get a young piece besides Rose and Butler

    • somekat - Nov 25, 2013 at 2:10 AM

      Why would the sixers want Deng?

      Not a young guy, injury history, no picks involved, etc

      All things considered, Turner has more trade value than Deng right now

      • jamesk2465 - Nov 25, 2013 at 10:34 AM

        Evan turner isn’t a part of the sixers plans and hes going to be asking for a lot of money. Deng’s value always going to be high cause hes a glue guy teams could always use esp for a team trying to get over the hump

      • somekat - Nov 25, 2013 at 12:26 PM

        so the plan is to trade turner for deng….to trade deng in a few weeks?

        Again, currently, Turner would have more value than Deng, or why would the Bulls be interested? Unless it’s Deng and the Bull’s first, why would the Sixers do it? Deng does nothing except keep them from fully tanking for the sixers…..Turner is already doing that

        This trade makes 0 sense for Philly

      • somekat - Nov 25, 2013 at 12:31 PM

        Also, the sixers always have a “glue guy”. His name is Thad Young. He is better than Deng, and doesn’t bring along his health history, and makes less money….and rumor has it he’s on the block. Trades need to make sense for both teams and what they are trying to do. Not just yours, this isn’t nba2k

  8. maritime85 - Nov 24, 2013 at 5:26 PM


  9. bhester1906 - Nov 24, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    Memphis or Charlotte

  10. belleby123 - Nov 24, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    The Bulls front office *really* needs to change its “one step forward, two steps back” philosophy.

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