Luol Deng: The Reason the Chicago Bulls Shouldn’t Trade for Carmelo Anthony

February 3rd, 2011 by Kelly Scaletta Leave a reply »
There have been complaints about Luol Deng's contract, about him disappearing in the end of games and about him just generally not being Carmelo Anthony on the wing. In all of this complaining about what Luol is not, what is lost is sight of what Luol is, and what he is is a very unique kind of player that isn't easily replaced. 

The more I hear this talk, the more annoyed I get. It makes me want to take the complainer on a "Scrooge Trip" through the Chicago Bulls' past, present and future without Luol. If you stop complaining about what he's not doing long enough to realize what he is doing, you'll be done complaining for good. 

First let's look at the contract issue and put this thing to rest forever. Right now there are 15 players in the NBA that are averaging Deng's 17 points, six rebounds, and two assists or better. Of those 15 players three are making less money. Two of those, Kevin Love and Blake Griffin, are playing under rookie contracts. 

The other, David West, had a front-loaded contract so that he was making more money than Deng, but now is making less. Essentially, though, the contracts are roughly equal in total value ...

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