The Chicago Bulls traded Luol Deng earlier this year in a move that was a blatant salary dump. The Bulls got what looks to be a decent first-round pick as well as cap space that came with cutting Andrew Bynum. But fans hoping that Luol Deng will return once he hits free agency will be sorely mistaken, as it appears Deng’s playing days in Chicago are over.
Despite the fact that he could return in the offseason, Steve Kyler from Basketball Insiders is pointing out that the Bulls burned their bridges when they offered Deng an insultingly low price and then traded him to a dysfunctional situation.
The Bulls effectively burned that bridge in how they handled Luol’s exit. I think seeing dysfunction means Luol seeks out non-dysfunction a lot more than he might have before landing in Cleveland. Money will matter, because money says a lot about who you are, how committed a team is to you and what role they see you playing.
Chicago is looking to bring over Nikola Mirotic in the offseason and some are even predicting a run at Carmelo Anthony. This all points to Deng not being able to fit under the Bulls cap in 2014-15 and beyond that, he’s not going to come back cheap to a front office that sold him off for a draft pick.