With Derrick Rose out for the remainder of the season and the Chicago Bulls not equipped for a deep run in the playoffs, the expectation is that the team may look to move some veteran players before the trade deadline in February.
Luol Deng will be one of the players on the Bulls roster that will likely have his name cluttered in rumors.
According to Chris Broussard of ESPN, the Cleveland Cavaliers are shopping second year shooting guard Dion Waiters. In a discussion with the Bulls, the Cavaliers are believed to be targeting Deng.
The Cavaliers desire to trade Waiters is largely due to chemistry issues with some of his teammates. To add to the matter, Waiters is slumping in his sophomore season. The shooting guard is averaging 13 points per game while shooting 39 percent from the field this season after averaging 14.7 points and 41 percent last season.
No word on how far along talks progressed between the Bulls and Cavaliers or even the status of the talks, but this is a trade that the Bulls need to consider.
Despite the off the court issues that have surfaced this season, Waiters has a promising future in the NBA. If there is credence to locker-room disputes, then Waiters’ play this season could be the result.
Meanwhile, Deng, who is averaging nearly 17 points per game for the Bulls this season, would likely be the first player to be traded if the Bulls front office decides that is the direction to take the team. Furthermore, a trade for Waiters would ideally give the Bulls a natural shooting guard to pair with Rose for the long-term but also allow for Jimmy Butler to move back to his natural position at the small forward spot.
If the Bulls begin moving veteran players, then players such as Waiters will likely be their targets.