The Bulls weren't going to compete for a title anyway after Derrick Rose's injury, but being defeated and admitting defeat are two entirely different things.
With that in mind, trading Deng may result in a bigger fallout for the Bulls than one might have anticipated. Although it's hard to fathom a vastly different team next year, the Deng trade just might have sparked a major re-tooling of the roster.
With a few valuable and movable pieces still on the roster, contenders with needs may already be lining up, according to Sam Amick of USA Today:
While forward Carlos Boozer could be waived via the league's amnesty clause during the offseason as yet another way to clear the Bulls' books, it appears point guard Kirk Hinrich will be drawing the most immediate interest when it comes to the Bulls' possible next move.
Whether it's Hinrich being moved or someone slightly more surprising, the Bulls look determined to be a seller at the deadline. Here's a look at the five most likely candidates the Bulls could trade this season.