Johnson: Bulls May Look To Trade Noah, Deng
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(WSCR) Hampered by salary cap struggles, the Bulls may look to move the mega contracts of Joakim Noah and Luol Deng.
Deng is set to earn roughly $14.2 million, while Noah will take in $11.1 million.
“I want to emphasize I have not heard that they plan to do this, this is just my speculation,” Johnson said. “Joakim, clearly of the core, has the most value, given that his salary is the lowest and he’s also the most effective player. Deng might have a little bit of value to the right team, especially because he has less years on his deal.
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The Bulls have the option to get out of the last year of the contracts of Kyle Korver, Ronnie Brewer and C.J. Watson. Still, without moving one of the larger contracts, the Bulls will have a tough time filling out their roster under the salary cap.
“The point being, you’re not going to get much by just going out and shopping those expiring contracts in Watson, Brewer and Korver, unless it’s a team that is just desperate to get off money,” Johnson said. “You might have to think bigger and entice the deal with a guy like Noah and see what that could get you.”