Note: The proposed trade discussed below is now being classified by Hoopsworld as a rumor.
Why would Dwyane Wade consider the Chicago Bulls if they can’t add that coveted second max contract free agent? Neither Dwyane nor Chris would be willing to accept the $2,730,417 pay cut, would they?
Well, maybe they wouldn’t need to.
Now hearing reports that the Trail Blazers are in talks with the Bulls to acquire Luol Deng for a package including Joel Przybilla and Jerryd Bayless.
Sounds like pure and unfounded speculation which doesn’t seem to make much sense.
The two Blazers would certainly seem expendable. Portland has a glut at the center position, having extended Marcus Camby for two additional seasons and having Greg Oden in the final season of his rookie scale contract, and would certainly be amendable to a Przybilla trade. Bayless is a Mario-Chalmers-esque tweener better suited as a perennial backup to Brandon Roy at shooting guard than as a future starter at the point.
However, the suggested trade seems to make little sense for the Blazers. There would be no need for the team to acquire an expensive and injury-prone Luol Deng and the $51.3 million remaining on his contract, just to battle it out for a starting position with the more talented, more healthy, more youthful and more economical Nicolas Batum. If anything, the Blazers would covet a floor spacing outside shooter at the position, to complement the distance challenged Andre Miller and Brandon Roy – something which, despite an impressive 38.6% from beyond the arc last season, Luol Deng is not.
But the rumors are out there, so they’re worth at least analyzing. Read more…