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NBA Trade Rumors – Luol Deng to NY Knicks?
December 01, 2012 08:15 PM EST
Chicago had the best overall record in the NBA the past two seasons, but the injury to Derrick Rose has shown that this team is basically a one-man offense, and the Bulls need to make some changes.
Bleacher Report writer Jamal Collier has some interesting ideas on how Chicago can improve, and it starts with the trading of Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer.
The potential deal involves three teams and some big salaries with the Bulls sending Deng to the NY Knicks and Boozer to Charlotte. Amar'e Stoudemire and Gerald Henderson would be sent to the Bulls with New York also getting Tyrus Thomas.
With the NBA salary cap restrictions, this deal would work for all three teams. Bulls fans would welcome the Boozer move, and the Bobcats would rid themselves of a bad contract in Thomas, but all three teams would also benefit from such a trade.
Stoudemire would give Chicago a scoring threat in the paint and a decent rebounder, while New York gets a solid all-around player in Deng and some depth with the addition of Thomas. Charlotte gets a solid player in Boozer and a veteran that could help lead the young Bobcats for several more years.
With the trade deadline still weeks away, this is a solid idea, and the fact it makes each team better than they are currently makes this a deal worth looking into for all three franchises.
don't know if this rumor has any legs, if this writer has any clue, or if this
website has any legitimacy, but i'd take DENG for STAT and Tyrus Thomas in a flash.
edit: writer is from Bleacher Report, where "idea" emanates... prob as bogus as the KO Trade Forum thread
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i would not do this deal, makes us play even smaller, and i dont like that
But whatever, I think this rumor will not happen. I dunno, its too good to be true lol.
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Interesting trade, but it's just a fleeting thought. Deng in STAT's place would be pretty intriguing, but as intriguing as it is, it's a helluva lot more unlikely.
I'd like to see us acquire a good rebounding power forward more than another SF though, for sure. JJ Hickson of Portland has been boarding well this year. He's a good example of what I mean.
And as I said when the Gasol for Amar'e trade thing came through ~ no other team's dumb enough to trade for STAT, and we're not lucky enough to make the team better by trading him.
Bleacher Report, on the other hand, are daft enough to throw something like this out there after a session on the ESPN trade machine.
No way. I love Deng but this trade doesn't benefit us in the slightest.
Nice idea, but we need a rebounding PF far more than any of those other pieces.
I honestly think we're going to be stuck with Amar'e, I doubt even D'Antoni wants him.
I hate this trade. Amare is our 2nd legit scoring option, and he didn't have enough chances with woody, cant wait to have him back!
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Why would we do this? This is ridiculous. Our biggest weaknesses right now are as follows
Lack of size, we play too small
Lack of rebounding
Lack of Shot blocking
Lack of Inside scoring, we shoot way to many jumpers and struggle to get inside...
Now... If you don't like Amar'e fine.. But honestly, he fixes all three of those problems. We should see him come back and how the team plays first before considering anything. This deal doesn't make us better at all.
If we make a trade for Amar'e it should be on another power forward with inside scoring and rebounding. Any other trade doesn't even make any sense.
Yeah, sure he isn't good on defense. But trading to make us smaller will in the end hurt us defensively more than any player like amar'e will. All he has too do is rebound and block some... or f*ck.. just TRY to block some shots so we don't get destroyed in the paint or give up a million second chance points. Its a friggin joke how many offensive boards we give up because we play too small and we suck at rebounding
and luol deng won't help us with any of this. We already have enough players that fit into Dengs role. We have Carmelo, Shumpert, Brewer, Smith, and Kidd. The last thing we really need is a player like him
I mean.. imagine this scenario.. Chandler, and Wallace get injured.. (Or Chandler gets injured and wallace gets ejected).. That means melo in all likelyhood will be getting minutes at Center. Which is just, insane and cannot happen.
Last edited by Forrest17; Dec 03, 2012 at 04:13.
No one has any problem with Amar'e when it comes to his ability to score points but do you not realise we are scoring more than enough points? We need a PF that is a dominant rebounder consistently and then we will be a real force to be reckoned with.
I don't understand why people can't see what is blatently in front of them. I don't doubt that Melo and Amar'e can play together but I still doubt that it will ever be the best option for this team.
Ironcially David Lee would now be perfect for this team. If the Pau rumours had anything to them at all I'd be doing cartwheels for days.
I would agree but put in context with this thread... I hardly think Tyrus Thomas and Deng address any of our weaknesses.
Lee is probably a better fit for us, but he's still a sieve on defense while providing no shot blocking. Considering how well Amare carried this team the first year, there was no way Lee could have done the same.
I think the better fit would be someone like Serge Ibalka (it'll probably never happen) who could run with the best of the team, scare teams ****less with his shot blocking, has a midrange shot and best of all doesn't need a lot of plays called for him.