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Luol Deng’s agent (and Deng) frustrated with Bulls medical staff

Sep 23, 2013, 8:02 PM EDT

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During the playoffs last year, doctors ordered the Bulls Luol Deng to undergo a spinal tap to test whether he had meningitis. He didn’t have the disease, but the test itself went bad — spinal fluid leaked into his body and Deng became incredibly ill. While he faced a literally life-threatening situation the Bulls called it “the flu.” Deng corrected the team statement through social media, but it took a while to recover and he missed the entire second round of the playoffs because of it.

Now Deng is going to test the free agent market next summer (the Bulls didn’t want to talk extension), which means this could be the last run for this Bulls roster.

Predicting what Deng will decide to do next summer is impossible, but based on what his agent his agent Herb Rudoy told David Aldridge of it doesn’t sound like he’s staying. While it was reported the two sides were talking about extension, Rudoy doesn’t see it that way.

“We never negotiated,” Rudoy said Friday. “We had several meetings. One was to discuss the medical care he got, or did not get, after his spinal tap [in May], which was of great concern to him.”

“Did or did not get?” That is a dig at the Bulls. Aldridge explains.

But he was upset that the Bulls’ team physicians accompanied the team to Miami for the start of the series, leaving him alone in a Chicago hospital as he lost 15 pounds and became violently ill as spinal fluid leaked into his body. Deng was sick for weeks afterward.

That kind of feeling of betrayal is hard to get over.

Winning and winning big could keep this Bulls core together, and the Bulls say they want to keep Deng, but it feels like a long shot. The Bulls look like a team thinking of clearing out space to go after another star to pair with Rose, while Deng sounds willing to move on. He will have other suitors next summer.

“I know there will be a terrific market for Luol Deng,” Rudoy said. “Bulls fans should know he loves playing in Chicago. But if the Bulls don’t want to give him an extension, he’s obliged to take a look at the market and make a decision that’s best for him.”

  1. Gordon - Sep 23, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    I like this guy allot, but he got paid a lot of dough & is really a #3 guy.

    That said, the Bulls treated him like crap in the playoffs. Telling people he had the flu is a really crappy move.

  2. freddysanford - Sep 23, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    Love him, love his game. Reminds me of Ced Ceballos

  3. kujo37daggs - Sep 23, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    We want you in New Orleans next season Lu!

  4. kingwithringz - Sep 23, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    I smell a trade.

  5. jzone954 - Sep 23, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    Bring your talents to south beach my friend

  6. chicagofan - Sep 24, 2013 at 6:51 AM

    The Bull’s front office sucks and this affirms that–why would the entire medical team leave the sick person to accompany the healthy ones? He never recovered and the Bulls had no hope against Miami without Deng and Rose (and Hinrich). The Bulls’ will not get anybody better than Deng as a free agent and with their history no smart player will go to Chicago unless they clean house at the top.

  7. adzs - Sep 24, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    I smell an Eric Gordon for Deng move on the horizon; ultimately could be a win/win for both teams

    • adamsjohn714 - Sep 24, 2013 at 3:53 PM

      That would certainly be a horrible trade for the Bulls. They lose a decent SF who plays major minutes, and in return get a more expensive, constantly injured, below average SG. Brilliant!

      • bougin89 - Sep 25, 2013 at 10:01 AM

        Totally agree here. Their are people that still think Eric Gordon is valuable??

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