According to ESPN’s Marc Stein there have been rumblings of a potential deal sending Chicago Bulls’ All-Star, Luol Deng, to the Washington Wizards in exchange for the third overall pick and Emeka Okafor.
Sources close to the situation told ESPN.com that the Chicago Bulls, in their latest attempt to gauge the trade value of All-Star swingman Luol Deng, have had exploratory discussions with Washington about a deal that would land Deng with the Wizards and bring the No. 3 pick in Thursday’s draft to the Bulls.
The most likely trade construction, if talks were to progress to the serious stage, would send Deng to the Wizards for the No. 3 pick and center Emeka Okafor, who would have to formally opt into his contract for next season ($14.5 million) this week for the trade to go through.
Chicago has been exploring a deal to trade Luol Deng for quite some time, so I’m not surprised that they’ve contacted Washington.
Washington is also high on Georgetown’s Otto Porter Jr. , who would likely fill the void at small-forward if a trade involving Deng doesn’t occur.
Michael Lee of the Washington Post is reporting that the Wizards have no intentions on dealing their lottery pick for Chicago’s Luol Deng.
After the emergence of swingman Jimmy Butler during the playoffs last season, Deng is perhaps more expendable but unlikely to join John Wall and Bradley Beal in Washington. The Wizards have had discussions with several teams but the team still intends to make a selection Thursday, according to another league source.
The Chicago Bulls are likely trying to build up Deng’s value by contacting the Washington Wizards.
Washington was in a similar situation this past season when the Memphis Grizzlies tried to acquire Bradley Beal in exchange for Rudy Gay. Even though there wasn’t any substance behind the potential trade, the respective teams will try to build value behind their assets for future deals.