With the loss of Derrick Rose, the entire league knows that the Bulls are no longer a championship contender (Miami and Indiana breathe a sigh of relief). With only one year left on his contract it appears this will be Luol Deng's final season in Chicago. I believe this season was going to determine Luol Deng's future with the team, and now with Rose injured I believe his fate has been determined. There is no chance they re-sign him. To me this season was to have one last run with Rose and Deng, if they were to win the Championship, they would fork over the cash and pay Lu. That will certainly not be the case, so instead of letting him walk this summer, get something in return now.
Deng still is valued by teams across the league, the question now is, is he worth a 1st rounder in the very deep 2014 draft?
Upon getting the news of Derrick's injury, I decided to hop on the ESPN's Trade Machine and try and come up with potential trade's that could benefit the Bull's in the future.(Basically next year)
Potential Trades (No particular order)
This one is pretty simple. The Pelicans have way too many talented guards for their own good; Holiday, Evans, and Gordon. They lack an experienced veteran, and really need a quality small forward. The Bulls get a young scorer in Gordon, 24, who can really be the effective 2 guard that the bulls have lacked in the past few years. Butler slides back to the 3 of course. Rose and Gordon would become one of the best backcourt duos in the league.
2. Deng to the Spurs for Diaw, Bonner, Mills or De colo, and the Spurs 1st round pick.
Bulls would receive 3 expiring contracts who they would likely not renew next year, and a very late first round pick. Deng could be the piece that the Spurs need now to win the championship. The only potential problem is that this kills San Antonio's depth at Power forward and Center. This would also give Snell more minutes, which would definitely be beneficial to his development.
At the end of the day, getting anything in return for Deng is the best option. These are two trades that don't shake up the current roster too much. Option 1 gives the bulls a scorer they need. Option 2 gives the Bulls more cap space to work with this summer and of course a nice draft pick(assuming they use the amnesty clause on boozer as well)