2. This will be Luol Deng's last season in Chicago.
Only a championship for the Bulls this season can potentially lead to a management rethink that invalidates this one. Otherwise? There are just too many raw feelings at hand after Chicago refused to seriously negotiate with Deng on an extension this past offseason despite his standing as one of Tom Thibodeau's all-time favorites. Deng will be a free agent in July and rest assured, at 28, he's going to attract significant interest. We're talking about a pro's pro, so you won't see any dismay seep into his game, but the overwhelming likelihood is that Deng and the Bulls -- after years and years of trade speculation that never begat an actual trade -- will finally be going their separate ways in July. Veteran Bulls watchers don't see any way that the organization plans to pay Deng as well as the blossoming Jimmy Butler.
http://espn.go.com/blog/marc-stein/post ... or-2013-14
This is a guy we need to go after next year, IMO. He'll probably want to be paid, but I sure hope we can land him...a top 10 SF who plays good defense, has an offensive game, and would definitely be a huge help. He can lockup the SF position for the next 3-4 years for us...