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02:28 PM ET 05.22 | The Chicago Bulls have no plans to field offers for small forward Luol Deng, but the Cleveland Cavaliers and Detroit Pistons would reportedly be two of the teams most likely to show interest. With Chicago up against the luxury tax due to a veteran-laden roster and Deng making big money next season, a trade could be the easiest way for the Bulls to maintain flexibility without amnestying Carlos Boozer. It's still admittedly unlikely, as Deng is one of the Bulls' most effective two-way players and a face of the franchise, but stranger things have happened. Should the Bulls decide to take offers for Deng, expect Cleveland and Detroit to be two interested suitors. The Cavaliers are a less likely option after landing the No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft, but both teams could use help at small forward and have the proper pieces to reach a deal. A deal still isn't likely, but the rumors are out there.

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May 22, 2013  02:45 PM ET

Amnesty Boozer and try a buy-out for Hamilton. Those are 2 best options available for Chicago.

May 22, 2013  02:53 PM ET

If Chicago wants to beat Miami this decade, the above post will not get it done.

The only way Chicago beats Miami is if they keep the team as is, get Rose back and replace Hamilton with another drop dead shooter.

If they do not add a drop dead shooter to this team, they can only dream what ifs.....

May 22, 2013  03:27 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

If Chicago wants to beat Miami this decade, the above post will not get it done.The only way Chicago beats Miami is if they keep the team as is, get Rose back and replace Hamilton with another drop dead shooter.If they do not add a drop dead shooter to this team, they can only dream what ifs.....

They had a certain Kyle Krover last season who apparently is a pretty good shooter.

May 22, 2013  04:28 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Amnesty Boozer and try a buy-out for Hamilton. Those are 2 best options available for Chicago.

1. Amnesty Boozer, why? Over the past two seasons, Boozer has played in 145 of 147 games (most of ANY Bull player).....and averaged 16.2 pts and 9.8 boards per game this past season. He has two seasons left in his contract. Now's not the time to amnesty Boozer.....and if they did, who's out there to replace him with who's better?

2. "TRY a buy-out" for Hamilton? How out of touch are you? The Bulls don't have to TRY to buy-out Hamilton because 2013/14 is a team option year. All they have to do is simply waive him.

Next Season, barring resignees.....Hamiton is gone, Bellinari gone, Mohammed gone, Radmanovic gone, Robinson gone, Cook gone.

Of these.....bring back Robinson, Belinelli on two year contracts, and one year for Mohammed....start Butler at SG....oh year.....buy out the final year of Hinrich's two year contract.....and go after a 'mid-level SF like a Josh Childress.

And at the end of the day, if they're over the salary cap.....so dog-gone what? Reinsdorf can afford it!

May 22, 2013  05:00 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

1. Amnesty Boozer, why? Over the past two seasons, Boozer has played in 145 of 147 games (most of ANY Bull player).....and averaged 16.2 pts and 9.8 boards per game this past season. He has two seasons left in his contract. Now's not the time to amnesty Boozer.....and if they did, who's out there to replace him with who's better? 2. "TRY a buy-out" for Hamilton? How out of touch are you? The Bulls don't have to TRY to buy-out Hamilton because 2013/14 is a team option year. All they have to do is simply waive him. Next Season, barring resignees.....Hamiton is gone, Bellinari gone, Mohammed gone, Radmanovic gone, Robinson gone, Cook gone. Of these.....bring back Robinson, Belinelli on two year contracts, and one year for Mohammed....start Butler at SG....oh year.....buy out the final year of Hinrich's two year contract.....and go after a 'mid-level SF like a Josh Childress. And at the end of the day, if they're over the salary cap.....so dog-gone what? Reinsdorf can afford it!

We also have a youngin stashed over in Europe that I think could come over and give good minutes off the bench immediately.

I think the Bulls are sitting pretty good if we can get our guys healthy. Deng, Noah and Rose have had lingering issues for awhile now. Hopefully this offseason they can get these things rested up and taken care of.

May 22, 2013  06:35 PM ET

Bulls have a good roster to give the Heat some matchup issues. But they just have to get healthy.

May 22, 2013  09:06 PM ET

Trade Waiters for Deng and draft McLemore

May 22, 2013  10:30 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

They had a certain Kyle Krover last season who apparently is a pretty good shooter.

Go back to the 2012 playoffs and see what Korver did. He sucked the entire playoffs and the year before. Alos, he didn't do too much to help Atlanta this year either, did he?

May 23, 2013  12:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Go back to the 2012 playoffs and see what Korver did. He sucked the entire playoffs and the year before. Alos, he didn't do too much to help Atlanta this year either, did he?

Pffttttt.....Atlanta was beyond ANY help that Korver could've given them.

Anyway.....that's old news. The question is; 'what to do going forward'?

May 23, 2013  02:14 PM ET

Would the Bulls even entertain a Pau for Deng deal? they could then def Amnesty Boozer, while letting Butler start which they plan on doing anyways. Pau at the 4, and Noah at the 5, would not lose all that much on the defensive end, and def an upgrade on O and legit go to guy in the low post.

May 23, 2013  04:07 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Would the Bulls even entertain a Pau for Deng deal? they could then def Amnesty Boozer, while letting Butler start which they plan on doing anyways.........

Not a good or neccessary set of moves.

1. Pau (4) + Butler (3) + someone else that we don't know (2)

would not equal a Package of;

2. Boozer (4) + Deng (3) + Butler (2).

People are wanting to amnesty Boozer pretty much for the sake of amnestying Boozer. If you amnesty Boozer.....he HAS to be replaced by a comperable talent. Face it.....there ain't many of them out there.

If you trade Deng, he also HAS to be replaced with a comperable talent. Again.....not much to choose from.

If you amnesty Boozer AND trade Deng, you're gonna have to replace BOTH with comperable talent.

Barring some very strange set of events occurring, the best scenario for the bulls at this time is to go with a starting 5 of Rose, Butler, Deng Boozer and Noah.

And the only trade that makes sense for the Bulls is the one I surmised two years ago.....Boozer (a mostly perimeter offensive '4') for Pau (a mostly interior offensive '4'). Given the centers that the Bulls and Lakers currently have, this is a move that would benefit both teams.....if the Lakers would buy-off on it.

May 23, 2013  04:12 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Would the Bulls even entertain a Pau for Deng deal? they could then def Amnesty Boozer, while letting Butler start which they plan on doing anyways..........

Not a good or neccessary set of moves.

1. Pau (4) + Butler (3) + someone else that we don't know (2)

would not equal a Package of;

2. Boozer (4) + Deng (3) + Butler (2).

People are wanting to amnesty Boozer pretty much for the sake of amnestying Boozer. If you amnesty Boozer.....he HAS to be replaced by a comperable talent. Face it.....there ain't many of them out there.

If you trade Deng, he also HAS to be replaced with a comperable talent. Again.....not much to choose from.

If you amnesty Boozer AND trade Deng, you're gonna have to replace BOTH with comperable talent.

Whoever the Bulls bring in at the '2' (assuming Butler at the '3') would have to be a better combination with Butler versus the combination of Deng & Butler. There are no free agents out there to do that.....and the Bulls don't otherwise have the pieces to trade for that talent if Boozer is amnestied.

From what I see, and barring some very strange set of events occurring, the best scenario for the Bulls at this time is to go with a starting 5 of Rose, Butler, Deng, Boozer and Noah.

And the only trade that makes sense for the Bulls is the one I surmised two years ago.....Boozer (a mostly perimeter offensive '4') for Pau (a mostly interior offensive '4'). Given the centers that the Bulls and Lakers currently have, this is a move that would benefit both teams. The Bulls would have a bonifide low post scorer and the Lakers open up the low post for Howard with a '4' capable of hitting the 12' to 16' jumper.

If the Lakers would buy-off on on that trade.....

 
May 23, 2013  04:14 PM ET

Darn those lagging posts :-/ .......

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