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Bulls tanking for Parker?

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07:29 AM ET 01.07 | With Luol Deng on the move, the Bulls are undeniably a weaker team on the court. Now, the pro-tanking crowd should be appeased, as losing Deng means the playoffs are no longer a likely conclusion to the campaign. ... It isn't out of the realm of possibility that more moves are to come either, since there's no guarantee that just because the All-Star small forward is gone, the Bulls can't still be relatively competitive in the laughably bad Eastern Conference. Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau and the likes of Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson and the rest of the players, including Rose, won't like to hear that, but it's true. On the other hand, it's now feasible for fans to start daydreaming about filling Deng's spot with the likes of Duke star Jabari Parker, a Chicago native, or Canadian Andrew Wiggins of Kansas.

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January 7, 2014  07:34 AM ET

There Are No Guarantees, Bros.

January 7, 2014  07:42 AM ET

I am sick of all this tanking talk..............

January 7, 2014  07:49 AM ET

Im hoping every team that is "tanking" fails at it and the team with the fewest lotto balls wins it....

The bad part is that it will probably be a pretty decent team from the west that just missed the playoff bc the West is so stacked....

January 7, 2014  07:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Im hoping every team that is "tanking" fails at it and the team with the fewest lotto balls wins it....

Agree 100% and as Mick said, I too "am sick of all this tanking talk"

January 7, 2014  08:33 AM ET

This just shows that the Bulls never valued Deng. They did get draft picks from the trade.

January 7, 2014  08:36 AM ET

Aaaaaah...

The Tim Duncan plan

January 7, 2014  08:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Im hoping every team that is "tanking" fails at it and the team with the fewest lotto balls wins it.....

That IS the downside of tanking.

There's no guarantee that having the worse record will result in having the best pick.

January 7, 2014  08:46 AM ET

I don't think they are tanking, I just think it's always been about the money with the Bulls

January 7, 2014  08:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

This just shows that the Bulls never valued Deng. They did get draft picks from the trade.

Not true, the Bulls made a contract offer of 3 years/$30M which Deng turned down. Rather than lose him for nothing at the end of the season they made a deal that put them under the luxury cap threshold in a season where they were not going to compete for a NBA championship and got additional draft picks to help the rebuild process. It also fees up playing time to develop Tony Snell, who's shown promise in limited action this season. Call it tanking, if you will but its in the long term best interest of the team.

January 7, 2014  08:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

I don't think they are tanking, I just think it's always been about the money with the Bulls

Its both
As LAD has been saying with the Lakers.....
You try to win....but once the realization comes, cause of injuries and other factors, that you can't win.....its time to think ahead.....
I'll have to look at the particulars as to what you got back to see if you got enough

January 7, 2014  08:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Not true, the Bulls made a contract offer of 3 years/$30M which Deng turned down. Rather than lose him for nothing at the end of the season they made a deal that put them under the luxury cap threshold in a season where they were not going to compete for a NBA championship and got additional draft picks to help the rebuild process. It also fees up playing time to develop Tony Snell, who's shown promise in limited action this season. Call it tanking, if you will but its in the long term best interest of the team.

I agree, he wanted a big deal, and the Bulls didn't wanna spend that kind of money on him

January 7, 2014  08:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Aaaaaah......The Tim Duncan plan

Well.....the Spurs didn't really tank.....when you consider how they ended up with the 1st pick.....but essentially, this is what the Bulls are looking at.

.......BTW.....rumor has it that the Bulls did offer Deng a 3-year deal for about $30 million (like I figured they would) but he rejected it.

I wonder what Cleveland will offer him to stay.....

January 7, 2014  08:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

I don't think they are tanking, I just think it's always been about the money with the Bulls

Agreed.

January 7, 2014  09:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

This just shows that the Bulls never valued Deng.......

They valued him, but they were NEVER inclined to pay him anywhere near 'max' dollars.

January 7, 2014  09:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Not true, the Bulls made a contract offer of 3 years/$30M which Deng turned down. Rather than lose him for nothing at the end of the season they made a deal that put them under the luxury cap threshold in a season where they were not going to compete for a NBA championship and got additional draft picks to help the rebuild process. It also fees up playing time to develop Tony Snell, who's shown promise in limited action this season. Call it tanking, if you will but its in the long term best interest of the team.

You just validated my statement. They didn't value him as much because they have other players to replace him. His name was always in trade discussions every year. That shows how much they value him...

January 7, 2014  09:34 AM ET

Why should a team play .350 ball when they can tank and may or may not get a higher lotto pick who may or may not work out that just may or may not get the GM and coach fired that may or may not anger the fan base which then the team may or may not move Seattle?

January 7, 2014  09:38 AM ET

I wish my lakers would follow suit. Why not a story about how melo said he proly won't go to lal but would want to team up with lebron anywhere? Looks like melo is trying to ride lebrons coat tails to a ring

January 7, 2014  09:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Well.....the Spurs didn't really tank.....when you consider how they ended up with the 1st pick.....but essentially, this is what the Bulls are looking at........BTW.....rumor has it that the Bulls did offer Deng a 3-year deal for about $30 million (like I figured they would) but he rejected it. I wonder what Cleveland will offer him to stay.....

what I meant was that the spurs were a decent team with the admiral
he got hurt (like rose) and they went into the toilet-

now I think they did tank- cause the admiral could've returned before the season was over- but they chose to hold him out to get the top pick

so not your typical 'tanking'
but they did basically forefit one season to grab timmy

January 7, 2014  09:56 AM ET

Parker would be a perfect fit for the Bulls.

 
January 7, 2014  09:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

what I meant was that the spurs were a decent team with the admiralhe got hurt (like rose) and they went into the toilet-now I think they did tank- cause the admiral could've returned before the season was over- but they chose to hold him out to get the top pickso not your typical 'tanking' but they did basically forefit one season to grab timmy

Actually the Admrial did come back but got hurt again playing the Heat, I remember listening to the game on radio. They also got lucky in the lotto.

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