The situation between Luol Deng and the Chicago Bulls is quickly developing.
Monday morning, Da Windy City touched on rumors that suggested that the Bulls were potentially looking to trade Deng before or during the NBA Draft.
Monday afternoon brought another update on the Bulls and their interest in trading their small forward.
Marc Stein of ESPN is reporting that there have been exploratory talks between the Bulls and Washington Wizards about a trade that would send Deng to Washington in exchange for the third overall selection in Thursday’s draft and Emeka Okafor. Okafor would need to formally opt into his contract for next season that is worth $14.5 million in order to be involved in the trade.
From the Bulls’ perspective, this deal is a win.
The Bulls would be addressing two needs with the deal.
The first need they would be addressing is adding insurance for Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer in the form of Okafor. With the Wizards last season, Okafor averaged 9.7 points per game to go along with 8.8 rebounds per game. Okafor is averaging nearly 10 rebounds per game for his career.
The second need the Bulls would be addressing is their need for a shooter. As with the third overall selection, the Bulls may have an opportunity to draft one of two talented shooting guards in Victor Oladipo of Indiana or Ben McLemore of Kansas.
Stein also reports that the Cavaliers remain interested in Deng.