Potential Trade Packages and Scenarios for Luol Deng

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Potential Trade Packages and Scenarios for Luol Deng
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As the Chicago Bulls consider their offseason options, one thing that has to be considered is trading their most attractive asset, Luol Deng.

Deng is tradeable for three reasons. First, he is a two-time All-Star. Second his contract is expiring, and for teams who are looking to jockey for position in the 2013 free-agency market, expiring contracts have value. Third, he is a veteran leader who can be a contributor on any level, whether it’s a contending team or a rebuilding one.

Of course, Deng has that same value to the Bulls in all the same ways, so Chicago shouldn’t be desperate to trade him. It should just consider some different options. Here are some players who have been floated either by media or just by fans and commenters on various articles I’ve written, along with the pros and cons of dealing for each player.

Bear in mind that if they don’t trade him, the Bulls are very much contenders for the title next season as composed, so the trade would have to be for the long term, not the short term.

Rather than go into a bunch of barely believable or workable trade scenarios, I will focus on three realistic possibilities. 

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