Deng named to all-defensive second team

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Deng named to all-defensive second team

Bulls All-Star Luol Deng made the NBA all-defensive second team, the league announced Wednesday.

Joining Deng, who received six first-place votes, on the second team are Defensive Player of the Year Tyson Chandler of the Knicks, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant and Celtics teammates Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett.

On the first team are Chicago native Tony Allen of the Grizzlies, league shot-blocking leader Serge Ibaka of the Thunder, league rebounding leader and former Defensive Player of the Year Dwight Howard of the Magic, league steals leader Chris Paul of the Clippers and league MVP LeBron James of the Heat, who was the leading vote-getter.

Other Bulls who received votes were center Joakim Noah, point guard Derrick Rose and power forward Carlos Boozer.

The all-defensive teams were selected by the league's head coaches, who aren't permitted to vote for their own players.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Winter meetings trades for Cubs and White Sox

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Winter meetings trades for Cubs and White Sox

Hub Arkush (Pro Football Weekly/670 The Score) and David Schuster (670 The Score) joined David Kaplan on the SportsTalk Live panel for Thursday's show.

Baseball’s winter meetings are over. Could Rick Hahn have done more this week? Plus which closer will have a better season- current Cubs closer Wade Davis or former Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman?

How much upheaval will there be on the Bears’ coaching staff this offseason? Plus are the Bulls in slump or are we finally seeing the real team show up?

Listen to this episode of the SportsTalk Live podcast here:

Report: Dexter Fowler closing in on deal with Cardinals

Report: Dexter Fowler closing in on deal with Cardinals

Dexter Fowler won't be making a surprise return to the Cubs next season.

Fowler is closing in on a deal to sign with the St. Louis Cardinals, according to USA Today's Bob Nightengale.

The Cubs signed outfielder Jon Jay last week to a one-year deal, pretty much sealing Fowler's future with the Cubs.

In two seasons in Chicago, Fowler batted .261/.367/.427 with 30 home runs and 94 RBI, and a World Series ring.