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Pros and Cons of Potential Luol Deng Trade for Chicago Bulls
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With Derrick Rose's latest season-ending knee injury dashing the Chicago Bulls' championship hopes, the franchise has options with how it chooses to proceed.

Deciding the fate of free-agent-to-be Luol Deng should be Chicago's first priority.

The 10-year veteran seems to have spent the majority of his career on the rumor mill. He's a hard-nosed, two-way contributor with far more talent than a typical hustler.

Whether he's the superstar running mate that Rose needs to push Chicago over the top remains a question mark. So Deng remains trapped in this cycle of rumors, a little too good to trade but not quite good enough to earn untouchable status.

Sources told ESPN.com's Brian Windhorst that the team has no plans to trade Deng, but that won't keep the offers from flying across general manager Gar Forman's desk.

Between Deng's uncertain future and that of the franchise as a whole, the temptation to tear apart this core is hard to ignore. But given this team's ceiling and past successes, cutting ties with a pivotal piece like Deng won't be easy.

So what should the Bulls do? Well, there are compelling cases to be made for both keeping him around and shipping him out.

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