Despite spending his entire eight year career in Chicago, the 27-year-old forward understands his name will come up in trade rumors in the coming weeks, and is prepared should he be moved. While training for the Olympics, for which he will play on Great Britain's behalf, Deng acknowledged he's heard a rumor that the Bulls were thinking of trading him to the Warriors for the No. 7 overall pick. Former NBA guard, and current Warriors scout, Speedy Claxton was in attendance at today's Great Britain practice in Houston.
"If it's not true, a GM could always come out and say it's not true. But if a GM doesn't come out and say it, there are probably talks. And there should be. If I was a GM I would be shopping players around too. I've got to show that I'm doing something," Deng said.
The Bulls and Deng had a "tense" exit interview after Chicago was eliminated from the playoffs, when it became clear that the organization wanted their All-Star forward to sit out the Olympics and rest his ailing wrist. Deng, of course, wants to play, and is scheduled to do so.