The Chicago Bulls just can’t let go. Derrick Rose is injured and they’re just not replicating the job they did a season ago without Rose. The season lost? Maybe. Probably. But again, the Bulls just can’t let go.
And ESPN Chicago is reporting just that. According to the report, the Bulls have elected to hold on to Luol Deng for the time being.
Despite a season that has been wrecked by injuries, the Chicago Bulls are determined not to trade impending free agent forward Luol Deng, sources told ESPN.com.
Teams have been inquiring about Deng’s availability recently as the Bulls have sunk in the standings following a knee injury that ended Derrick Rose’s season. This week, Deng told the Chicago Sun-Times he was preparing for the possibility he may be traded.
But sources said that is not in the team’s plans. Despite failing to come to terms on a contract extension before the season, the Bulls remain optimistic they will be able to re-sign Deng next summer.
Deng is in the final year of his contract and trading Deng, before he walks away next summer, was thought to be the easiest decision the Bulls could make. Couple that with the injury to Rose and it’s a slam dunk decision. What more is there to think about?
But, no. The Bulls have, reportedly, decided against it and will keep Deng around. For some reason.
However, that Feb trade deadline is still a long ways away. Anything can happen between now and then. Is a Deng trade demand coming?