NBA Trade Rumors 2012: Luol Deng Says Trade Wouldn't Surprise Him

With rumors swirling, Chicago Bulls small forward Luol Deng says that he wouldn't be surprised if the only team he's ever played for ultimately trades him this summer, as Ian Whittell of ESPN Chicago reports. While training in Texas with Great Britain's national team in anticipation of this year's Olympics, Deng discussed the possibility of a deal:

I believe there is always to some extent truth behind rumors. But as an athlete, if you get caught up in them, you are really wasting your time because it's not something you can control... As much as I want to stay on the team -- I love Chicago, I love the Bulls -- at the same time, I know the business part of it. Sooner or later, all the rumors are going to come up.

The 27-year-old has been a key part of the Bulls for years, but he's coming off a bit of an off year. Starting in 54 games, Deng averaged 15.3 PPG, 6.5 RPG and 2.9 APG, but he shot just 41 percent from the field, far below his career mark of 46 percent. The latest rumor has Deng going to Golden State for a package based around the No. 7 overall pick.

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