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Bulls reportedly asking for a young player and a first round pick in trade talks for Luol Deng

Dec 27, 2013, 9:03 PM EDT

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The Luol Deng trade watch in Chicago will continue right on through February’s deadline to make deals, even if it remains questionable at best whether or not anything real comes of the discussions.

When the Bulls failed to offer Deng a contract extension, it was presumed that he wouldn’t be back after this season — his contract is up this summer, at which time he’ll become an unrestricted free agent.

Chicago clearly didn’t want to overpay for Deng, a two-time All-Star who’s more than capable of contributing at both ends of the floor, but one who isn’t exactly able to carry a team all by himself. And considering that his current contract paid him max money and that he’ll be looking for similar dollars in his next deal, the Bulls chose the cautious approach, even though they would like to retain Deng for the future at a palatable price.

Teams around the league know the situation, so the trade talks are ongoing. But the Bulls’ asking price seems a bit on the high side at this point, and if it remains that way a deal isn’t likely to take place anytime soon.

From Aggrey Sam of CSN Chicago:

Luol Deng is a wanted man. No, certainly not by law enforcement and not even so much on the NBA’s trade market, as many teams are hesitant to take him on as a half-season rental, especially if the Bulls’ price is a productive young player and a first-round draft pick, as people in the know around the league continue to say. …

Deng’s agent, Ron Shade, wouldn’t confirm the identities of the teams who have inquired about Deng’s future services but did admit that his client has drawn multiple inquiries.

“Several teams have already shown a lot of interest in Luol’s upcoming free agency. A lot of people are excited. A lot of people were shocked that no offer was extended to him for us to turn down and a lot of people are excited to get a chance to bid for a player like Lu, and they think it’s a great opportunity to might be able to get him for nothing in return if the Bulls let him walk,” said Shade, who along with Herb Rudoy represents Deng.

The teams that have reportedly expressed interest in Deng include the Cavaliers, Mavericks, Lakers, Raptors, Spurs, Grizzlies and Nets, among others.

But unless a team is a contender already — which means really only the Spurs on that list — it doesn’t make sense to meet the Bulls’ demands, especially when (a) Deng’s status beyond this season is a question mark, and (b) if his presence on a new team won’t make a material difference in how this season might play out, then it would make more sense to just sign him outright when he hits the open market next summer.

  1. ryanprzy - Dec 27, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    The Hawks oughta be on that list of teams interested. They’re currently sitting at 16-13, which is good enough for third in the East. They could really use a SF because they’re ravaged with injuries at that position (Carroll, Martin). Also, Deng’s skill-set would fit in perfectly for them. The thing is, their first rounder will likely be somewhere around #13-18, and they don’t quite have the kind of young player Chicago would want in return. DeMarre Carroll? Doubt that would work.

    • mickeylolich1968 - Dec 27, 2013 at 9:51 PM

      The Hawks’ first round pick will likely go to Boston as Boston owns the Nets’ first round pick with Atlanta having the option to swap that pick with the Celtics. Clear?
      The pick from the Nets looks too good so be given away for a rental.

  2. beach305 - Dec 27, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    The problem is that he I wants near max money when he is closer to 10 mil a year. There are only three people in this league that deserve max money and Lou, isn’t one of them.

    • sportsfan18 - Dec 28, 2013 at 9:45 AM

      Hope you are NOT counting Melo in your three who deserve max money.

      • pfic15 - Dec 28, 2013 at 10:04 AM

        Or Kobe……Lebron, Durant……and nobody else.

  3. stadix093 - Dec 27, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    They should also ask for a car for D Rose to drive out of town because he will not be happy with a rebuild.

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 28, 2013 at 8:01 AM

      they should also ask for a glass case to put Rose, so he won’t break anymore.

  4. tcclark - Dec 27, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    A young player and a first round pick from the teams they are likely to deal with is not that high of a price tag. Young players on contenders tend to be late first round pick who turn into decent role players so they’re essentially asking for 2 decent role players for Luol Deng. The only teams on that list that that should balk at that price tag should be Cleveland and Toronto but that is more because of their likely draft position, but if they protected the pick it wouldn’t be too bad. Waiters and a protected first round pick for Deng would not be that lopsided of a deal. Not too many all-stars get drafted outside of the lottery, if you can get one, I say go for it.

  5. av214 - Dec 27, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    Mavs get Deng
    Bulls get Marion, Larkin , and Crowder

    Win win

  6. aldavis4president - Dec 28, 2013 at 2:18 AM

    Bobcats should deal mkg and a 1st for him.

  7. abchome - Dec 28, 2013 at 2:51 AM

    Several teams have already shown a lot of interest in Luol’s upcoming free agency. A lot of people are excited. A lot of people were shocked that no offer was extended to him for us to turn down and a lot of people are excited to get a chance to bid for a player like Lu, and they think it’s a great opportunity to might be able to get him for nothing in return if the Bulls let him walk,

    A lot of “a lot of,” LOL!

  8. fotydaze - Dec 28, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    The Clippers could REALLY use him!!!!

  9. johngalt1783 - Dec 28, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Bulls asking for first round pick and young player. If that is the case the Bulls might as well forget the Raptors. BC is gone

  10. psubeerman21 - Dec 28, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    So you could give up a pick, a young player, and (presumably) resign him for the max, or you could just offer him the max in the offseason. Which one would you rather do?

  11. edavidberg - Dec 28, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    Seems high. Bulls should defimitely move him for something before year end though.

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