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When you look at how the Miami Heat won their title, they did it by planning years out what they were going to do to get there.
Likewise, the Oklahoma City Thunder built their team by several successive years of smart drafting.
The fact of the matter is that teams don't win titles by a single season of moves. It's a lot like chess—you have to see things two or three years in advance.
That is what the Bulls front office is doing right now, and it makes more sense than some give them credit for. Not this year (or even next year), but in 2015-16, the Bulls could be primed to take over the NBA and go on a title run.
Derrick Rose will be hitting his prime about then and will be fully recovered from his ACL. The Bulls will still have Joakim Noah and presumably Taj Gibson under contract. Marquis Teague should be blossoming into a Sixth Man of the Year candidate.
On top of all that, they'll have whomever they get after amnestying Boozer. Sharp-shooting power forward Nikola Mirotic is looking better and better as a prospect. The Spanish website ABC.es argues Mirotic be the leader of Real Madrid this year, as he scored 31 and 24 points in his two preseason "friendlies."
The Charlotte pick, if not used by then, will be due. The Bulls also will have whatever picks are available between now and then.
Instead of a having an upside-down team with their leaders being young, the Bulls will be right-side up. Their leadership will be maturing, and their youth will be under contract and explosive. The Bulls will be primed to win a title.
Deng has tremendous value now, but it may be that the best value he has is as a trade asset. If the Bulls can't get fair value for him, they shouldn't trade him, but right now, it makes sense for them to at least see what they could get in return.