The Chicago Bulls could move Luol Deng to the Warriors before the NBA draft.
Chicago Bulls’ forward Luol Deng is taking the opposite approach that most players take when they start to get buzzed by rumors that they are about to be traded.
He is neither laying low and going the ‘no comment route’ nor is he stepping out and punching the situation square in the face by waging war against his team in the media.
In fact, you can say the guy is pretty understanding when it comes to why GMs have to do what they must to move players around according to comments at ESPN.
“I believe there is always to some extent truth behind rumors,” Deng said. “But as an athlete, if you get caught up in them, you are really wasting your time because it’s not something you can control.
“If it’s not true, a GM could always come out and say it’s not true. But if a GM doesn’t come out and say it, there are probably talks. And there should be. If I was a GM I would be shopping players around too. I’ve got to show that I’m doing something.
“A lot of GMs don’t just sit there, they’re trying their options. Me, I always say there are two things when trades happen — if I was to be let go by a team and nobody picks me up, that’s probably the worst thing. But whenever you hear your name in a trade, that means there is somebody at the other end who wants you.
“As much as I want to stay on the team — I love Chicago, I love the Bulls — at the same time, I know the business part of it. Sooner or later, all the rumors are going to come up.”
Deng is currently in Houston, Texas training with the British basketball team for the summer Olympics and is currently rumored to be heading to the Golden State Warriors in exchange for the seventh pick in the upcoming NBA draft.
Last season, Deng averaged 6.5 rebounds, 15.3 points and 2.9 assists in each game that he played.
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