Sunday, June 24th, 2012 at 4:45 pm  |  32 responses

Luol Deng Says He Wouldn’t Be Surprised if the Chicago Bulls Traded Him

Rumors are already swirling regarding Luol Deng’s future, and credit goes to the Bulls swingman for being honest about the situation, as he told ESPN Chicago that it wouldn’t come as a surprise if he’s moved to another team this summer: “Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng revealed this weekend that he will not be surprised if the team trades him this offseason. While at training camp in Texas with Great Britain’s national team preparing for the London Olympics, Deng said he does not believe the Bulls are shopping him in retaliation for his decision to delay the wrist surgery he needs until after the Games. But Deng, 27, did acknowledge that he’s not dismissing recent reports suggesting the Bulls are willing to trade him for a top pick in Thursday’s NBA draft, with speculation mounting that Chicago could send Deng to the Golden State Warriors in exchange for the No. 7 overall pick. Former NBA guard Speedy Claxton, now a scout for the Warriors, attended Britain’s practice at the Toyota Center on Sunday afternoon. ’I believe there is always to some extent truth behind rumors,’ Deng said. ‘But as an athlete, if you get caught up in them, you are really wasting your time because it’s not something you can control. If it’s not true, a GM could always come out and say it’s not true. But if a GM doesn’t come out and say it, there are probably talks. And there should be. If I was a GM I would be shopping players around, too. I’ve got to show that I’m doing something. … As much as I want to stay on the team — I love Chicago, I love the Bulls — at the same time, I know the business part of it. Sooner or later, all the rumors are going to come up.’”

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  • http://nyill.wordpress.com Enigmatic

    It’s kind of hard to get upset about a trade rumor when your name has come up in trade rumors for years for everyone from Kobe Bryant to Kevin Garnett to Chris Kaman to Andre Igoudala…

  • markorsomething

    Love Deng and would hate to see him go. The pick wouldn’t be nearly as good as he is. However, the bulls definitely need to shake something up on that team, especially with Rose being out until possibly January.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd

    Longer than January actually.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    The bulls need to swap deng for Jimmer Fredette. Jimmer will give the bulls a consistent second option on offense once Rose returns and Jimmer can anchor the offense until derrick recovers.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Avril Lavigne

    co sign BlackPhantom

  • http://www.hotnewhiphop.com/brandonbombay/profile/ BrandonBombay

    Wait, Speedy Claxton is a scout, and being cited as a “source”???

  • http://www.slamonline.com TellMeSomethinIDK

    Penguin poop can be seen from space.

  • markorsomething

    @BlackPhantom and @Avril Lavigne (seriously? Avril Lavigne?), Jimmer Fredette is absolutely nothing compared to Luol Deng!!! Deng plays on both ends of the court well! Jimmer Fredette will be an 8th man coming off the bench AT BEST! He can’t play D, and his offense just involves him taking poorly selected 3′s.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    ^ Deng cant create his own offense. Jimmer is the next Mark Price. Rose and Jimmer would be a modern day Isaiah and Dumars. Bad Boys 2.0

  • l2ising Phoenix

    Lmaoooo @ the jimmer suggestion!

  • Heals

    Price and Duamars now those are some modest comparisons. I always wonder if a) people just say that stuff for attention or b) they actually believe it. Still not sure what’s weaker of the two…

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    ^ your right by the time jimmer retires he will be in a tier above Dumars. Paul Westphal tried to stunt Jimmers development but Thibs would put him in a position to succeed

  • http://www.blogspot.com LLC#12

    I want whatever the Jimmer guys are drinking

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Kush and Orange Juice

  • yc

    jimmers another morrison. thank you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    ^look in the mirror and kill the first person you see. Jimmer just needs tick and a better coach. I cant believe you just compared Mark Price Jr to the NBA version of Ryan Leaf

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Jimmers will be better than a cat that once avg. 27ppg in the Finals and won Finals MVP? Oh lawd….

  • Big Game James

    ^ nobody cares about the knicks. In 3 years you wont even be the best or most popular franchise in your state. GO BROOKLYN. The only way the knicks will win a ring is if LeBron signs with them during his next free agency

  • Big Game James

    Worry post apologies

  • http://blackamericaweb.com charliewinning

    Apparently a lot of people do since the franchise has been near the top in the league in terms of ticket sales for well over a decade. Having a team in another borough won’t make the franchise less popular or valuable. You have no clue about fan dynamics in The City if you think otherwise.

  • Mike GIlbert

    Deng and Watson for Rudy Gay….the salaries matchup…and it makes both teams better…the Grizzlies need someone to stretch the floor more for Gasol and Randolph…having Deng makes them better defensivley(obviously) but not only stretches the floor, it also gives Gasol and Randolph more touches (Deng isnt a ball stopper like Gay.) The Grizzlies can finally find an identity and would be a VERY good defensive team that rebounds great and pounds the ball inside. As for the Bulls, they would obviously become better offensively with Gay, Gay and Rose together is similar to Durant and Westbrook. People will say you can’t lose Deng though because he is such a fantastic defender. First off, Gay is not a bad defender. He is not on the level of DEng but he is no where near a liability. Second, the Bulls defense is so good anyway with Thibs as coach it does not hurt much. Tell me what you think, I think this could be great for both teams!

  • Björn Atli

    cosign mike gilbert, swapping deng and watson for gay makes sense for both teams imo

  • http://www.lebronjames.com/ Big Game James Midrange Troll Attack

    If the bulls had rudy gay then they could stop putting so much of their focus toward defense and run the princeton offense. The priceton offense would truly showcase Jimmy Butler’s talent

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Whoever is commenting as BlackPhantom is a raging idiot. That ain’t BlackPhantom for everyone who is letting that dumbass shape their opinion. Stop commenting as other people. As long as you do that nobody is going to sugar coat anything. You aren’t funny, smart, or even annoying. You are just stupid.

  • http://bedotwater.bandcamp.com BE.water

    LMAO @ the guy’s name above me.

  • nbk

    @BE.water I think you’re BlackPhantom.

  • http://slam FLIGHT 9

    Just trade Deng period.

  • LP

    cant believe i saw Jimmer Fredette suggestions..forget the offense for a second, THE BULLS PLAY REAL TEAM DEFENSE, now where does Jimmer fit in that equation???

  • tpathi1

    Rudy Gay has bad shot selection and shows signs sometimes that he wants to be the “man” on the team..i do think Deng reached his peak..he is not helping his case by opting to wait on his surgery in favor of the olympics to the chi bulls management…i hope the best for him..im just not sure if rudy gay will be the answer for the bulls..rudy gay is always jacking up threes when you don’t need them…still tho i think that at this point in their careers rudy is > deng

  • http://Slamonline.com Jzakoni

    Jimmie?! Wow. Fa99s

  • dsleepy

    jimmer suggestion made me gag a little bit

  • conor

    “While at training camp in Texas with Great Britain’s national team preparing for the London Olympics.” Why?