Chicago, IL - The Chicago Bulls are coming off of the recent news that Derrick Rose will need surgery to repair the torn meniscus in his knee. That news is obviously tough to handle, but they could have him back in a much shorter time period than many expect depending on what type of meniscus tear he has. That being said, the Bulls could be more likely to move Luol Deng before the trade deadline with the news of the Rose injury.
Deng is in the final year of his contract and is currently expected to test the free agent market following the season. Contract negotiations have been stopped between the two sides and no deal is expected to be agreed upon even when Deng does reach free agency. As it stands, the Bulls are expecting to offer a lucrative extension to Jimmy Butler, which would likely take up any money that could be used to sign Deng to a new deal.
There is absolutely no doubt that the Bulls could get a good amount of value in return for Deng. He is known for being a lockdown defender as well as a very capable scorer. It will be interesting to see what the Bulls are asking for in return for Deng. Could it be young players with the potential to help Chicago re-tool? Are they looking for pieces that can help them compete this season and continue to build around Derrick Rose? Either one of those options could work, but we’ll just have to wait and find out.
Luol Deng is having a very solid season with the Bulls this season, averaging 15.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game. Those numbers show the impact that he has on a game as far as the box score goes, but he does much more than that. His active hands allow him to disrupt the passing game and
he’s one of the most underrated players offensively as well. Defenses have to play him tough which allows Derrick Rose (when healthy) some much needed breathing space.
Obviously the Chicago Bulls have some decisions to make, but trading Luol Deng very well could be something that comes to reality. Don’t be surprised if you start hearing some trade rumors starting popping up in the near future.
Evan Massey is the Lead Editor for Hoops-Nation. Follow Evan on Twitter at @Massey_Evan.