...Those sign-and-trade packages could get Luol in the $13 to $14 million a year range, which is substantially more than Chicago's offer - roughly $9 million per year. Some teams are telling the agents of the restricted class to take the qualifying offer this year and get radically paid next year as unrestricted free agents; this includes Ben Gordon and Luol Deng. League sources suggested that the Lakers, Pistons, Heat and Jazz have all had discussions with Luol Deng's camp about the framework of a sign-and-trade...
(Thanks to LakersFan1211 for the find)
http://basketball.realgm.com/src_wireta ... ultimatum/
Deng is giving the Bulls an ultimatum and this is a likely time to trade him rather than let him walk.
I like LO and think we should keep him regardless, but the idea of a
Lakers trade - LO/Fisher/Vlad/Mihm
Bulls trade - Deng/Hinrich/Tyrun Thomas
-Bulls have Gooden, Noah, and Noc who can play PF and TT has been on the outs with them.
-Hinrich is good as gone with the Rose draft and logjam at guard
-Deng negotiations are going terrible and they may lose him
-LO and Vlad would give them needed size
-Fish is veteran leader they need
Bulls won't be able to move Hughes but they can get something for Gordon
Not as unreasonable as some will say and I think it'd go a long way to solidify our team
Prefer to just resign Odom for 8-9 mill next year above all else though