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Luol Deng patiently considering all options, even return to Chicago. Although that’s not likely.

Jul 8, 2014, 5:10 PM EDT

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Like Pau Gasol and Paul Pierce and a host of others, Luol Deng is considering his options and waiting.

Remember he turned down three years, $30 million from the Bulls and now he wants more — certainly more years, ideally more money per year (but not less). He saw what Josh Smith and Andre Iguodala got and wants to be in that ballpark. Miami couldn’t give that to him, so they are out.

Atlanta might as they are the team making the hardest run at him in recent days, but also in the mix potentially are the Clippers (unlikely sign-and-trade), Wizards, Mavericks, Raptors and Lakers are all lurking. Deng knows that once the LeBron James/Carmelo Anthony/Chris Bosh players start to make their moves other offers will open up for him.

What about the Bulls? Deng’s agent told Steve Aschburner of NBA.com it could happen.

“It appeared uglier than it was,” said agent Ron Shade (about Deng’s trade out of Chicago to Cleveland), who works with Chicago-based Herb Rudoy. “Luol is a professional, so what happened if January is forgiven but not forgotten….

“Like I say, Luol is a professional,” Shade said. “He will hear every reasonable option and give it serious thought. We won’t close any door on that possibility at all.”

The problem with Deng to the Bulls is finding a way for both sides to save face.

But that three-year, $30 million number, made so public, has become a set point that complicates the situation. If Deng accepts it now, some will characterize that as “crawling back” on the Bulls’ terms. If Paxson and Forman sweeten the deal, it might be portrayed that they “caved” and are scrambling to make up for their inability to woo Anthony.

More than likely Deng will not return to the Windy City, making the questions where, and for how much, will he sign.

Deng is waiting it out. As are we all.

  1. unfrozencavemanlawyer2 - Jul 8, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    Nice player- good two way guy. Not a high level scorer- but still good for 15-16 a night. Would be an ideal fit on the Clips- if they can figure out a sign and trade with Cleveland.

  2. ravenswhat - Jul 8, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    He’s not worth what he’s trying to get at this point. He wants star money. He’s not a star.

    • chicitybulls - Jul 8, 2014 at 5:43 PM

      Well, he is an All Star. You may not like or appreciate his game but people in the game certainly do.

  3. kingperk123 - Jul 8, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    He is never getting that money never he is worth 4mill max plus he is injured

  4. 88heatnation - Jul 8, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    Chicago will not resign Deng there was a reason he was let go.

    • calkinsrob - Jul 8, 2014 at 10:59 PM

      yea, he wanted more money than they could offer. Don’t even try to tell me the bulls didn’t like deng. He was probably Thib’s favorite player. Its a long shot no doubt. but if he doesn’t get the money that he wants, theres a slim chance hed consider chicago.

      But I doubt deng even wants to come back. I bet he loves his teammates and thibs, but Ill never forget his spinal tap situation in the playoffs last year.

      Story – http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/09/23/luol-dengs-agent-and-deng-frustrated-with-bulls-medical-staff/

  5. handsomerob86 - Jul 8, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    Him and Dallas would be a good fit. Could ride off into the sunset with Dirk and Chandler and Monta Ellis. That team would be a contender..

  6. watermelon1 - Jul 8, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    If Wizards could add Deng… That would be awesome. Much better than paying Ariza.

    • kb2408 - Jul 8, 2014 at 9:00 PM

      Similar players but Deng is more versatile.

  7. enigma2742 - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:29 AM

    I DONT BLAME LUOL DENG BECAUSE AFTER SEEING THAT JOSH SMITH CONTRACT HE’S LIKE I’M WORTH MORE THAN HIM AND YOU CANT BLAME HIM HE’S A WAY BETTER PLAYER THAN JOSH SMITH

    • bball242322 - Jul 9, 2014 at 2:59 PM

      U dont have to yell about it man

  8. bball242322 - Jul 9, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    Deng, once Lance signs elsewhere, come on down to the Pacers – we’ll be right back to the Eastern Conference Finals again

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