Found June 23, 2012 on
The Windy Apple:
With the season over, and draft day quickly approaching, many rumblings around the league are starting to leak out. The latest talk regarding the Bulls happens to center around All-Star small forward, Luol Deng. The Bulls top priority this off season is re-signing their restricted free agent big man, Omer Asik. As suitors line up, such as Boston, Cleveland and Houston, the Bulls plan to match any offer. According to reports, the Bulls are open to moving their 8-year vet, Deng, in an attempt to clear cap space to remain under the luxury tax. Deng is currently the third highest paid player on the roster behind Carlos Boozer and Derrick Rose.
Although talks have not yet began, the Golden State Warriors plan to reach out to Chicago in regards to an offer for Luol Deng. Golden State holds the 7th pick in the draft which may lure the Bulls front office who is looking to extend their backcourt. According to CSN Chicago, Damien Lillard (Weber State), who is “widely regarded as the best point-guard in the draft” will likely still be available and may be of interest to the Bulls. In addition to the pick, the Warriors would like to void themselves of Richard Jefferson or Andris Biedrins’ hefty contracts. Richard Jefferson is owed $21.2 million over two years and Biedrins $18 million over two years – both cheaper than the near $28 million Luol Deng will earn over the same two years. Talks are expected to pick up next week.
BEST OF MAXIM
Chicago Bulls’ forward Luol Deng is taking the opposite approach that most players take when they start to get buzzed by rumors that they are about to be traded.
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Luol Deng, who is in Houston training for the London Olympics with team Great Britain, opened up to ESPN Chicago about the rumors swirling around that the Bulls are interested in trading him:
“I believe there is always to some extent truth behind rumors…If it’s not true, a GM could always come out and say it’s not true. But if a GM doesn’t come out and say it, there are...
The Chicago Bulls are trying to work some NBA draft magic as they want to shake their roster up and gain some cap flexibility at the same time. Deng scheduled to make nearly $13.365 million next season and Joakim will make close to $11.3 million, thus fiscally needed, Chicago is planning on moving one or both of these [...]
By now you may have heard of the rumor involving the Chicago Bulls offering Joakim Noah and/or Luol Deng for a draft pick and a trade exception and Luol Deng says…… if the Chicago Bulls trade him, it would come as no surprise to him in this ESPN report. “As much as I want to stay on [...]
A day after Luol Deng told ESPN Chicago: “If it’s not true, a GM could always come out and say it’s not true. But if a GM doesn’t come out and say it, there are probably talks.”, the Bulls have taken his advice and told him that he will not be traded to the Golden State Warriors, despite the rumors. According to Yahoo! Sports, the Bulls have privately told Deng that...
Luol Deng will not be surprised if the Bulls trade him this summer.
BULLY FOR HIM
According to the doctor who performed his surgery, Bulls point guard Derrick Rose's rehabilitation is actually ahead of schedule.
June 22: Rip Hamilton rocks a Bulls hat at while doing some shopping.
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PRESERVING THE PAST
Employee and friend of Taj Gibson, Floyd FSharp Johnson, had this amazingly awesome birthday cake made today for the Bulls power forward, an homage to the legendary dunk over Dwyane Wade in the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals:
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Now that Miami has clinched the NBA Finals with a decisive Game 5 victory, we can most accurately assess what impact Derrick Rose’s knee injury may have had in the 2012 NBA Playoffs. Think back nearly two months ago, when Chicago (50-16) was the NBA’s top seed—holding the tiebreaker over San Antonio thanks to a head-to-head victory—with its star point guard seemingly back...
The Golden State Warriors have 4 picks in next week’s draft. There’s a lot of work to be done, but I would imagine they’re most excited about their lottery pick at number 7. There’s a decent-sized drop-off from Anthony Davis, who will surely be the top pick, to the rest of the field, but there’s still a lot of talent to be picked from the remaining pool of players.