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Report: Warriors have Deng on their radar

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Report: Warriors have Deng on their radar

By Danny Moran
CSNChicago.com

Rumors have swirled about the Chicago Bulls parting with Luol Deng since the team was shockingly eliminated in the first round by the Philadelphia 76ers.

A report now has the Golden State Warriors as a potential Deng suitor. While the report notes that the Warriors have not yet contacted the Bulls about Deng, talks are expected to develop closer to Thursdays NBA Draft.

While Deng has been perhaps Chicagos most valuable player behind Derrick Rose over the past couple seasons, parting with the All-Star small forward may be necessary to give the team some salary cap relief.

Deng has two years left on his contract that will pay him over 27 million. He will be the third-highest paid player on the roster, behind Rose and Carlos Boozer, since Roses five-year, 94.8 million contract extension will kick in next season. With Joakim Noah included, the Bulls will have four players on their roster making over 11 million per year next season.

According to the report, the Bulls would most likely have to take on the contract of either small forward Richard Jefferson (21.2 milliontwo years) or center Andris Biedrins (18 milliontwo years). Each players deal runs through 2014.

The NBAs rookie salary scale would have the No. 7 pick earning 2,331,700. The combination of Jefferson or Biedrins with the draft pick will be less than Dengs contract alone. There also remains the possibility of a contract buyout for either Warrior player.

It is not immediately clear who the Bulls would target with the No. 7 pick. Much would likely depend on which Warriors player they would receive in the deal.

One option is selecting a point guard to fill in for the injured Derrick Rose. Weber States Damian Lillard is widely regarded as the best point guard in the draft and he is expected to be available at that selection. He is a score-first point guard with measurements similar to Rose (6-foot-3 height, 6-foot-8 wingspan, nearly 40-inch vertical). He could be a cheaper option than bringing back C.J. Watson or signing another free agent, such as veterans Steve Nash or Jason Kidd.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Who deserves the blame in the Bears loss to Miami?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Who deserves the blame in the Bears loss to Miami?

David Haugh, Adam Jahns and Patrick Finley join Kap on the panel. The Bears lose a rough one in Miami as Matt Nagy goes conservative at the end zone. Does the rookie coach deserve all of the blame? Dave Wannstedt joins the guys to discuss.

Plus the guys discuss the Cubs’ newest hitting coach/scapegoat, Brandon Saad’s upcoming healthy scratch and Bobby Portis betting on himself this season. 

Listen here or in the embedded player below!

Cubs executive Jason McLeod reportedly linked to Giants' GM opening

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Cubs executive Jason McLeod reportedly linked to Giants' GM opening

Is this the offseason that Cubs executive Jason McLeod finally becomes an MLB general manager?

According to Bruce Levine, the Giants are reportedly interested in McLeod, the Cubs senior vice president of scouting and player development, for their vacant general manager position.

McLeod joined the Cubs' front office in 2011 alongside Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer. Before the Cubs, he spent six years in the Red Sox front office and two in the Padres' (with Hoyer, who was San Diego's general manager from 2010-2011). 

Of course, the Giants' reported interest in McLeod doesn't necessarily mean that he will interview for the job. However, it's worth noting that McLeod interviewed for the Twins' general manager job in 2016; he also withdrew his name from consideration for the Padres' general manager job in 2014. 

In addition to the Giants, McLeod's name has been linked to the Mets' general manager vacancy. This is more speculation, but the point is that it seems to be only a matter of time before McLeod is hired as general manager elsewhere.

For what it's worth, though, McLeod is under contract through 2021 and has previously said that he is grateful to be with the Cubs. 

“I’m exceptionally grateful,” McLeod said. “All of us are. Look at where we are at this moment in time with this team," McLeod said in 2016. "I can’t imagine a better environment, a better culture to work at in baseball.

"We’ve been together a long time. We’re friends. We’re good. We embrace the fact that we are good. And we challenge ourselves to be even better.”