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Wednesday, September 11th, 2013 at 10:22 am  |  34 responses

Luol Deng Will Test Free Agency In 2014


Yesterday, it was reported that contract extension talks between the Bulls and forward Luol Deng stalled. Now, it looks like they’ll be shelved for at least a year, which will allow Deng to join an already loaded 2014 free agent class. Per the Chicago Tribune, “The agent for Luol Deng said Tuesday that the two-time All-Star forward would ‘certainly visit free agency’ next summer after being informed by Bulls management that contract extension talks will be tabled until after the 2013-14 season. ‘Luol has taken the position that he will definitely go through the free-agent process,’ said Herb Rudoy, Deng’s Chicago-based agent. CSNChicago.com reported early Tuesday that Deng’s contract extension talks had stalled. They never really began, two sources said, with the sides only talking in generalities and never even exchanging financial parameters. Rudoy said Tuesday that general manager Gar Forman informed him last week that no further talks will take place this offseason or during training camp. Forman declined to comment. The general manager said consistently over the summer that the Bulls would like to keep Deng long term. Forman also indicated this summer that an extension for Deng this offseason would be unlikely. ‘We value Luol,’ Forman said in July at the Vegas Summer League. The Mavericks and Lakers are two of the many high-profile teams projected to have salary-cap space next summer, when Deng’s six-year, $71 million deal expires.”

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  • CHRIS

    HE WILL LOOK GOOD IN LAKERS UNI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • shockexchange

    Wow … the L has been waiting with bated breath for Luol Deng to become a free agent. The chance to coach him will surely bring Phil out of retirement. *Welp*

  • JibbsIsBallin

    Chicago would be stupid to pass up on him. So many teams would snatch him in a second. He’d fit in great with the Heat though.

  • i_ball

    He’d fit in great with 90% of the teams. You can’t have enough hard workers on your roster.

  • TheRealness

    Well Bulls have Jimmy Butler but I would love to see Luol stay with the Bulls but if he don’t Lakers might snatch him up if they don’t be stupid you know how Jim Buss is..

  • CzechMate

    He would look good with Dallas, with monta and Dirk
    my dude luol is navy blue black though

  • Dfrance

    I think the emergence of Jimmy Butler, coupled with Deng’s injuries have made Luol expendable in the eyes of Chicago’s management. He’s definitely been the heart of the team, but do you want to give a guy $12mill over 4 years who may or may not miss 20 games every other season?

  • JibbsIsBallin

    Andrew Bynum would say yes to your question. And then he’d go and dance to salsa music during the off season.

  • LLC#12

    He would be a good fit on pretty much every NBA team.

  • Dfrance

    Bowling off season you mean.

  • JC

    Are you kidding? 12 mil over four years!? That would be an enormous bargain, more so then Kirilenko. We are talking 10 mil a year here for sure.

  • LakeShow

    Wish Chicago would have picked up a SG (was Reddick possible for them to get?) and moved Butler to the three and traded Deng, but maybe I am living on fantasy island over here.

  • JibbsIsBallin

    I know about this…not bowling though…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wX5ZzVz9qDs

  • Dfrance

    Lol, my bad, I meant $12mill a year… over 4 years.

  • Dfrance
  • spit hot fiyah

    how about just trade deng for sg?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    definitely on fantasy island.

  • LakeShow

    figured as much

  • LakeShow

    Yeah I guess that’s the ‘yee ole 2 birds with one stone’…

  • spit hot fiyah

    i have a trade that i really like basketball wise. deng for eric gordon.

    NO doesn’t have to play anyone out of position and can let evans start at the 2 with deng at the 3.

    chicago moves butler to the 3, a healthy rose and gordon combo would be SCARY.

    off course if chicago doesn’t want to extend deng they definetly don’t want to pay max money to gordon.

  • LakeShow

    The money Gordon is owed is the only issue.

    I wish the Bulls would splurge, because if Eric Gordon is your missing piece for a chip, you should grab him. And I think that could be true.

  • ThaWindy

    Now this has to drag on through out the season. Now instead of Rose its trade question about Deng. Should have taken care of this a looong time ago. Just like they entertain trading Noah.

  • shockexchange

    “… if Eric Gordon is your missing piece for a chip …”

    If that dog ain’t never caught a rabbit, then (i) “that dog don’t hunt, (ii) “that dog ain’t no missing piece for a chip.”

  • LakeShow

    Okay, guy who doesn’t know anything about basketball, I believe you.

  • shockexchange

    The Shock Exchange is wounded now, especially coming from the guy who wrote, “”… if Eric Gordon is your missing piece for a chip …” This is the equivalent of, ” … if the sun does indeed rise in the west …”

  • spit hot fiyah

    in his defense, i mentioned a combo of a HEALTHY rose and gordon which would be the best 1-2 duo in the nba.

  • shockexchange

    Oh, so you’re basing your comments on “hypotheticals?” So “hypothetically,” if a dog would catch a rabbit then that dog would hunt? SE gets it now.

    D. Rose’s body of work is unquestioned, but in the Shock Exchange’s humble opinion, Eric Gordon has a lot to prove before he can be considered the best at anything.

  • LakeShow

    Yeah it’s crazy to think that if you add an efficient 18ppg scorer to a great defensive team that won over 60 games, but needed a bit more scoring on the perimeter… that their championship contention will rise upon improving said deficiency…

    Shocking…

  • shockexchange

    “Efficient”? Gordon shot 40% from the field last year guy. Since you stan for Horry Jr who takes 30 shots/game at a 35% clip, you would think 40% was efficient, wouldn’t you? SE’s bad.

  • LakeShow

    Yeah, it’s called efficient when you score 18 ppg on 13.6 fga.

    Try and use the space between you’re ears buddy boy.

  • LakeShow

    Players who scored 18ppg in the NBA last season:

    Al Jefferson: 17.8ppg on 15.8 FGA.
    (Less efficient than Gordon despite he being a SG)

    Blake Griffin: 18ppg on 13.4 FGA
    (Equal efficiency despite being a post player…Weird… so even though he shot a 10% better FG% he’s still just as efficient? Wow, welcome to advance learning with Lake, shock!)

    Deron Williams
    Paul Pierce
    David Lee
    Rudy Gay

    All took more FGA to reach the same point total as Gordon has on his career.

    I don’t have time to try and teach special education to SLAM’s special community, so if you could try to use your noggin on your own that would be great!

  • JibbsIsBallin

    News to me. Maybe he’ll show up on the court and help the Cavs out this season more so than bowling and dancing salsa.

  • R32

    One of the most underrated players in the L.

  • doughnussss
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