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Conflicting reports: Are Bulls talking extension with Deng?

Jun 25, 2013, 3:17 PM EDT

Luol Deng AP

Is Luol Deng part of the Bulls long-term plans? Management gives lip service to that idea but his name keep coming up in trade rumors.

A contract extension would lock him in and answer that questions.

So are the Bulls talking contract extension with Deng? Depends on which rumor you want to go with.

The two sides are talking, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

The Chicago Bulls are engaging in contract extension talks with All-Star forward Luol Deng, league sources told Yahoo! Sports…

Bulls management and Deng’s representative, Herb Rudoy, have had discussions since the end of the Bulls’ playoff run and plan to talk further in the near future, sources told Yahoo! Sports.

However, Rudoy denied that to Nick Friedell of ESPNChicago.com.

Tom Thibodeau has long considered Deng a key part of what he has built with this team — Deng averaged 16.3 points and 6.3 rebounds a game while being a key part of the team’s defense — he doesn’t want the forward moved. Deng played heavy minutes this season but had to miss the final two games of the Bulls first-round victory over Brooklyn and the entire second round loss to the Heat due to a bad reaction to a spinal tap.

But it’s always about the money. Deng will make $14.3 million this season, a steep price for a team that has Derrick Rose, Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah also all making eight figure salaries.

Deng is not going to take a discount on an extension, which makes that seem a long shot to me. There is more logic to moving him if you can get a good asset in return. By getting Deng off the books and amnestying Carlos Boozer in the summer of 2014 (they are not doing it this year) the Bulls would have the cap space to go after another big free agent to go with Rose and Noah. That may be the plan.

For now it looks as if the Bulls are considering all their options — keeping Deng or moving him to save money. Which means another summer with a whole lot of Deng rumors.

  1. chicitybulls - Jun 25, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    What makes you think he WONT take a discount on an extension? If he’s in a good situation (on a good team with a chance to win championships) why wouldn’t he? I dont think you (or I or anyone) knows for sure. It wouldn’t be out of the ordinary. There is a team in FL that has 3 people that took less. It’s not unprecedented. Maybe it’s wishful thinking on my part that he would but I wouldn’t call it a shock if he did.

    • lmoneyfresh - Jun 25, 2013 at 3:49 PM

      Because it all but never happens? I would love to keep Deng around (at a lower price tag) but its not often that players will take less money. If it happens, great. But I don’t see it happening.

      • chicitybulls - Jun 25, 2013 at 4:31 PM

        Definitely not the norm lmoney but it has/does happen occassionally. He wont get into much of a better situation than where he is. Sure he could go get “paid” from a Charlotte or New Orleans or somebody but he has a chance to win with the Bulls and can still make decent money. He is coming off a pretty nice contract in which many people at the time called him overpaid. Not saying he owes the Bulls anything. Just saying he has to decide what’s more important. Winning or cashing out.

    • 808raiderinparadise - Jun 25, 2013 at 4:01 PM

      Good player and the Chicago hype train has already started with Rose back and maybe Deng … Thats a tough coached team, could give MIA trouble in East, better at the point than the pacers and still defend and rebound well….maybe not as good shooters …..

      But Deng can/will get more money outside CHI if he wants.

    • fanatic1971 - Jun 25, 2013 at 5:10 PM

      Your comment is BS. Did Ray Allen, Mike Miller and a few others take less? Yes. But Lebron/Wade/Bosh all signed for the maximum deal allowed under the collective bargaining deal.

      YES – they each initially agreed to sign for slightly less than the max because that was all that Miami could offer as Bosh/Lebron were not their own free agents. However, once it was clear that the Cavs/Toronto knew they could not keep Lebron/Bosh they caved and did sign/trade deals for some draft picks Miami would have no money to sign anyway. Go look it up. They all make exactly the same amount of money which was the maximum amount allowed at the time under union rules.

      • Kurt Helin - Jun 26, 2013 at 1:46 PM

        Actually, no. Even with the S&T Wade and LeBron took a little less than the max they were allowed. What the S&T got them was larger raises than could have been given as free agents.

  2. pmx8411 - Jun 25, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    Bulls need Deng and Deng needs the Bulls

    • gmsingh123 - Jun 26, 2013 at 6:43 PM

      Exactly–if they aren’t talking extension they don’t have any long term plans.

  3. rodge1 - Jun 25, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    @chicitybulls

    That FL team has 5 guys that signed for less.

  4. mcjon22 - Jun 25, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    ” 4 years 32 mil, orrrrrrr we can trade you to the Wizards or Cavs”

    Gar Forman

    • heat256 - Jun 25, 2013 at 4:38 PM

      “Go ahead and trade me. I’ve got a year left then I’ll sign with another EC contender and relish beating your team” – Deng

      • chicitybulls - Jun 25, 2013 at 4:40 PM

        You hope.

      • heat256 - Jun 25, 2013 at 9:27 PM

        I don’t really care actually. But should they insult him with a lowball extension offer or trade threat, he’d have every reason to be angry.

      • chicitybulls - Jun 26, 2013 at 12:47 AM

        Doubt they’d low ball him. I do think they’ll offer less than what he’s making now and see if he’ll take it for a chance to win championships over the next few seasons.

    • fanatic1971 - Jun 25, 2013 at 5:12 PM

      If he goes to the Cav’s he will probably win a championship. Kyrie Irving is every bit as good as Rose and he actually PLAYS. They have another #1 draft pick, several developing players and a solid roster. With Varajo back – they will make the playoffs this year. With Deng – top 4. Oh and the Cavs have a MOUNTAIN of cap room. Only like $35m under contract this year.

  5. staff2cj - Jun 25, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    They’re trying to extend Deng in order to trade him. I smell a rat.

  6. fanofevilempire - Jun 25, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    he could ask for a no trade clause

  7. sportsnut101 - Jun 25, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    Boozer played better this yr n better then bosh

    Leave boozer alone. THey should try to move Gibson ugh he played awful this season. He’s lucky he signed with bulls beginning of season dumb move by bulls now that u look at it. He’s energy guy who forgot to bring energy this season oh yea u forgot to score as well

    Bulls need sg

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