While the official statement is the "Kobe deal with the Bulls" is dead, we all know it can quickly be revived. Jack McCallum's does a nice piece on this drama in the latest SI and concludes that extended losing by either or both of these clubs could stoke the fire of these talks.
I have been in favor of a potential trade as long as it excluded Luol Deng, who is the Untoucha-Bull on this team. Deng has the potential to be special, he is blessed with a great length for a 6'9" guy (long arms). His stats have improved nicely over his first 3 seasons and he averaged 18.8 pts, 7 rebs and 2.5 assists per game last year.
I was not aware that Kobe was also aware of Deng's special abilities. Apparently Kobe also made Deng remaining with Chicago as a part of any deal. That is great news for Bulls fans. Paxson has also made it clear that he has no interest in trading Deng.
Hopefully, a deal will arise that gets Kobe to Chicago. It would be very fun to watch Kobe and Deng become a "new edition" of Michael and Scotty.
Fill in some pieces around them (several of which would remain after a deal) and I think the Bulls might have something special again. Here's to hoping that they pull it off.