Luol Deng earned his first NBA All-Star selection, played more minutes per game than anyone in the NBA during the regular season and is still just 27. All of that might add up to a ticket out of town.
The Bulls are open to making a trade before the NBA draft, and Deng is the most likely candidate, according to the Arlington Heights Daily Herald.
Chicago is reportedly looking to clear cap space because of luxury tax concerns, and would be willing to deal Deng for a high draft pick. As it stands, the Bulls have $56 million committed to Deng, Derrick Rose, Carlos Boozer, and Joakim Noah.
The ideal trading partner, as the Daily Herald points out, would be a team with cap space and a team full of young players. Among the college players the Bulls could consider with the addition of a lottery pick would be North Carolina's Harrison Barnes, Duke's Austin Rivers, UConn's Jeremy Lamb or Syracuse's Dion Waiters, although there reportedly is no single target.
There are reportedly other options for the Bulls when it comes to clearing cap space, and the two years and $27.6 million remaining on Deng's contract could make dealing him difficult. However, the latest report at least indicates that the rumors are already swirling in the Windy City, and we may see a roster shakeup before long.
A hat tip to Real GM for pointing out this report
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