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Best Potential Trade Targets for Chicago Bulls in Luol Deng Deal
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Luol Deng, you're the next contestant on "Will He or Won't He Be Traded?"

Come on down!

Or maybe stay right where you are. We don't actually know what the Chicago Bulls will do, though the New York Daily News' Mitch Lawrence intimates Deng will be traded:

The Bulls’ game-plan for the immediate future is coming into focus. League sources with knowledge of Chicago’s plans say that they’ll definitely be looking to deal Luol Deng before the Feb. 20 trading deadline. Deng is a free agent this summer and the Bulls don’t want to pay him anything close to top dollar. 

Chicago has waffled back and forth on this subject since contract negotiations between Deng and the organization broke down. More fuel has been added to the already blazing fire in wake of Derrick Rose's injury.

The Bulls clearly won't be winning a title this season, and receiving value for a player who could be leaving makes sense for a team stuck in the throes of transition.

But what type of value can the Bulls get in return for Deng? Who or what should Chicago demand?

"I definitely want to stay here [Chicago]," Deng said in November, via Chris Broussard, writing for ESPN Chicago. "I would love to play here my whole career." 

Remaining in Chicago is a distinct possibility, but developing circumstances have made Deng's potential departure equally plausible.

 


*All stats courtesy of Basketball-Reference, and all salary information via ShamSports unless otherwise noted.

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