Right before the NBA Draft, there are always crazy rumors floating around. Here’s a rumor that makes no sense for either team: Luol Deng getting traded from the Chicago Bulls to the Washington Wizards for Emeka Okafor and the third overall pick in the 2013 draft.
Yeah, no, that doesn’t make any sense. The Bulls are contenders and they need Deng. He’s a great perimeter defender and an ideal player next to Derrick Rose.
The Wizards, too, would turn down this swap. A one-year rental of Deng makes no sense. They need to keep their draft pick and hope to get a young future star. Deng, who is 28 years old, won’t help Washington now or in the future.