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Report (out of New York): Bulls want to trade Deng, amnesty Boozer

Jan 6, 2014, 4:35 PM EDT

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This may or may not be true, but know that when a New York columnist starts talking about a player on another team that the Knicks might want to get some day, we take the report with a healthy grain of salt.

With that, this is from the pen (or computer, I guess) of Mitch Lawrence at the New York Daily News, writing about the Chicago Bulls:

League sources with knowledge of Chicago’s plans say that they’ll definitely be looking to deal Luol Deng before the Feb. 20 trading deadline. Deng is a free agent this summer and the Bulls don’t want to pay him anything close to top dollar. The second part of their house-cleaning: They intend on using their amnesty move this coming summer to part ways with Carlos Boozer. Boozer is scheduled to make $16.8 million next season.

The Bulls have said they are not looking to trade Deng… which is what you say when you want to keep leverage in a potential trade situation.

The reality is likely in the middle — if the Bulls are going to move Deng it’s because somebody gave them what they wanted, reportedly a productive young player and a first-round draft pick. Which seems pretty steep for a guy who is likely a half-season rental as Deng can be a free agent this summer. Chicago might be willing to move him for a productive young player or a quality first round pick… and they very well may not get that either.

As for Boozer, that has been rumored for years. It remains likely this summer, that isn’t really new.

We’ve discussed before this could be the long-term plan — if the Bulls move Deng (without taking back much salary) or let him walk, and they amnesty Boozer, Chicago would have the money to go after not a max but near max free agent this summer or next to pair with a core of Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson and Jimmy Butler.

That’s a pretty good plan. But to call it definitive might be a mistake.

  1. pukpokito - Jan 6, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    deng for jeff green.green’s locked up at the right amount with a good duration.

  2. antistratfordian - Jan 6, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    Smart.

  3. indrathegod - Jan 6, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    I’m sure with those moves D. Rose would be on suicide watch since ‘rebuilding’ isn’t an option. I think it’s the right direction for the franchise…otherwise they are looking at being average for the next several years.

  4. detectivejimmymcnulty - Jan 6, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    I’ve always wondered about these “league sources.” I mean, is there like 5 guys out there in the league who just know everything and have to spew off to a random reporter, or does this guy have an “in” with the Bulls? Anyways, I’ve always assumed “league sources” meant “I had to write something because my boss gave me a deadline that I had no real story to report, so read this crap I made up and decide that I heard it from a league source.”

  5. cfos00 - Jan 6, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    Hasn’t this been basically the common thought for the past year? It’s a start that would allow them to go after another max player to put with Rose.

  6. csbanter - Jan 6, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    This isn’t news getting something for Deng, think 1st rounder is better than nothing. Without Rose nothing planned with this current Bulls team will ever pan out.

    • masher1965 - Jan 7, 2014 at 12:00 AM

      With rose, nothing planned will ever work out

  7. 00maltliquor - Jan 6, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    Rose
    Butler
    Anthony
    Gibson
    Noah

    Seriously, Melo isn’t a champion as the main attraction, but paired with a healthy Rose and with these other D 1st players and coach Thibs…that looks like a championship team. Melo should seriously consider it and so should the Bulls.

    • philtration - Jan 6, 2014 at 9:56 PM

      I would be happy with that starting line up.

  8. money2long - Jan 6, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    i just love that rich cougars ad that i see on this site :D

  9. beast2727 - Jan 6, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    Deng and a first rounder for Pablo prigioni sounds about right. Great deal for the bulls considering dengs contract and Need for a point guard

  10. fnc111 - Jan 6, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    Since MJ, the Bulls have never signed a true big time FA. Nobody wants to play in the cold Midwest. They better build through the draft.

  11. saint1997 - Jan 6, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    Tim Hardaway Jr and Metta?

  12. tjmac95 - Jan 7, 2014 at 1:05 AM

    He’s going to the Cavs

  13. rickeye9 - Jan 7, 2014 at 1:11 AM

    Bynum and draft picks

  14. coosmac - Jan 7, 2014 at 5:47 AM

    they should try to dump Rose as well

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