Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng is coming off his first year as an NBA All Star, and at 27 years old he's likely in the prime of his career—which is exactly why the Bulls need to re-ignite trade talks around Deng.
Deng, an eight-year veteran who has spent his whole career in Chicago, averaged 15.3 points and 6.5 rebounds for Chicago last season. The Bulls were regarded as one of the elite teams in the East, but when they lost superstar point guard Derrick Rose in the first game of the 2012 Playoffs, they couldn't even get out of the first round. The Rose-less Bulls, the top seed in the East, fell to the eighth-seeded Philadelphia 76ers in six games.
Rumors that Deng was on his way out sprouted during the NBA Draft, with the Daily Herald's Mike McGraw reporting the Bulls needed to trade Deng for fiscal reasons. The Chicago Sun-Times also reported that the Bulls were looking to trade Deng for a lottery selection in the draft.
And yet Deng remains a Bull and will likely remain a Bull when training camp opens in the fall. Chicago can no longer afford to wait. They need to at the very least keep up trade talks surrounding the All-Star forward.
Let's check out seven reasons why the Bulls need to continue to shop Deng.