Chicago Bulls 128 | Orlando Magic 125
Stat Leaders: Bulls
Joakim Noah 26 pts 19 rebs 6 ast 2 stl 2 blks
Jimmy Butler 21 pts 7 rebs 6 ast 2 stl 2 blks
DJ Augustin 19 pts 5 rebs 9 ast
Stat Leaders: Magic
Victor Oladipo 35 pts 4 rebs 8 ast 3 stl 1 blk
Jameer Nelson 31 pts 6 rebs 10 ast 1 stl
Tobias Harris 22 pts 16 rebs 2 ast 1 stl
Dallas Mavericks 105 Chicago Bulls 83
Stat Leaders: Bulls
Joakim Noah 20 pts 10 rebs 3 ast 1 stl 1 blk
Carlos Boozer 13 pts 4 rebs 1 ast 1 stl
Taj Gibson 13 pts 5 rebs 2 ast 1 blk
Stat Leaders: Mavericks
Monte Eliis 22 pts 2 rebs 5 ast
Shawn Marion 14 pts 13 rebs 2 ast 1 stl
Dirk Nowitzki 18 pts 3 rebs 5 ast 1 stl 3 blks
107 Oklahoma City Thunder 95 Chicago Bulls
Stat Leaders: Thunder
Kevin Durant 32 pts 9 rebs 6 ast 3 stl 1 blk
Russell Westbrook 20 pts 2 rebs 10 ast 1 stl
Reggie Jackson 18 pts 5 rebs 2 ast
Stat Leaders: Bulls
Joakim Noah 23 pts 12 rebs 3 ast 2 stl 1 blk
Taj Gibson 16 pts 6 rebs 3 ast 2 stl 2 blks
Carlos Boozer 10 pts 9 rebs 2 ast
-Bulls 2-8 Last 10 games
-Thunder 9-1 Last 10 games
Team Leaders: Thunder
Kevin Durant 28.6 ppg 8.2 rpg 4.8 apg 1.5 apg
Russell Westbrook 21.0 ppg 5.8 rpg 6.7 apg 1.9 apg
Serge Ibaka 14.6 ppg 9.5 rpg 1.0 apg 2.3 bpg
Team Leaders: Bulls
Luol Deng 19.6 ppg 7.0 rpg 4.1 apg
Carlos Boozer 14.9 ppg 9.1 rpg 1.7 apg
Joakim Noah 10.1 ppg 9.4 rpg 3.5 apg 1.0 spg 1.1 bpg
With all the trade speculation in the NBA. 1 name being tossed in every trade conversation is Chicago Bulls Luol Deng. The Bulls are rumored to be anticipating a rebuilding process. That means their best players are expendable, with the exception of franchise player, Derrick Rose.
Deng has been having the best year of his career this year. Averaging 19.3 ppg (career high) 7.1 rpg 4.2 apg, the talented forward’s trade value is at an all time high. With that being said, here’s a list of 5 teams that should trade for him and would be a perfect fit.
1. Cleveland Cavaliers
This would be a perfect fit for the Cleveland. They have been seeking a scoring wing ever since Lebron James left town. Deng would also bring leadership, to this young team. The Cavs have been on a roll as of late, acquiring Luol Deng, could prove vital to a late playoff push, in the weak eastern conference.
2. Los Angeles Lakers
I’m not sure how the Lakers would pull this off, but they have a knack for pulling off unexpected trades. This would make Kobe a very happy man and put the Lakers in a great position, not just this year, but in the near future as well. With Deng’s ability to stretch the floor, in D’Antoni’s offense, he could average 25 points easily.
3. Memphis Grizzlies
After giving up OJ Mayo and Rudy Gay, Memphis has lacked scorers. Luol Deng would give the under rated Mike Conley a reliable scoring option to pass to. Grizzlies are a hard nosed, blue collar team, and Deng would fit right in.
4. Dallas Mavericks
If Mark Cuban could pull this deal off, the Mavericks would be considered a contender to go to the western conference finals. Adding Luol Deng into the fold alongside Monte Ellis (who’s playing like a star this year) and life long Maverick Dirk Nowitzki, would give Dallas a triple threat that would be hard to stop for anybody.
5. New York Knicks
I know your probably thinking its a bad fit, because they have Carmelo Anthony. But this would be a fantastic trade for the Knicks. Deng would bring a good presence to a dysfunctional locker room, that’s littered with bad attitudes and selfish players. Deng is a true “team” guy, and the Knicks would benefit from bringing him on board. Luol’s primary role would be the sixth man and times where Deng is starting at the wing, Carmelo could play the 4 position. It would work perfect. New York doesn’t typically make the “smart” move, so don’t expect this deal to happen, but if it did, Knicks would be a much better team.
- Bulls GM still hopes to re-sign Luol Deng (probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com)
- What is Luol Deng worth? (basketballtalk15.wordpress.com)
- Deng realizes he could be traded as Bulls fall to Rockets 109-94 (suntimes.com)
- Report: Derrick Rose to Undergo Surgery on Monday, Will Likely Be Out for Remainder of Season (nesn.com)
- Derrick Rose Needs Knee Surgery: Bulls Star Out Indefinitely With Torn Ligament In Right Knee (stunningguidance.wordpress.com)
- Report: Derrick Rose Injury Could Accelerate Luol Deng Trade (thacover2.com)
- Players around the league react to Derrick Rose’s injury (probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com)
Everybody in the basketball world were holding their breath, when Derrick Rose’s right knee buckled last night against the Blazers. Now everybodys worst fear has become true. The former MVP has torn his right meniscus. After recovering from his last devastating knee injury, Rose was out to prove he could come back and regain his MVP form. That didnt quite happen this year. While showing glimpses of his former self, he just never looked comfortable most of the time. Timid and hesitant at times, Rose was having his worst year so far of his career. Shooting only 35% and only dishing out 4 assists a game.
This news is tragic for the Bulls, the city of Chicago, the fans and basketball fans in general. The Bulls aren’t much without the star PG, and now they might have to start looking towards the future, without him for good. I know anything is possible, but the odds of Derrick Rose returning to the Derrick Rose we all know and love, are pretty low. He already was not the player we know after returning from his left knee injury, now having to rehab his other knee is going to be one hell of a recovery road. Bulls fans might have to stomach the fact their beloved MVP, might not ever be the same player again.
Get well soon D.Rose. When your ready to return, the basketball world will be waiting.