Training camp opens at the end of the month and while all the attention will be on Derrick Rose, the future of Luol Deng will also be a hot topic throughout the 2013-14 campaign.
On Monday, CSNChicago reported that talks between Deng’s camp and the Bulls had stalled and the Tribune reported today that the two-time All-Star would “certainly visit free agency” next summer as was told by his Chicago-based agent Herb Rudoy.
“I was surprised,” Rudoy told the Tribune of the talks ending. “I thought they would enter negotiations.”
Deng’s six-year, $71 million deal expires next summer and he’ll be sure to command a salary in the range of Golden State Warriors’ Andre Iguodala (four-year $48 million) and Detroit Pistons’ Josh Smith (four-year, $54 million).
It’s no secret of Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau fondness of Deng and the organization would like to keep him long-term.
The small forward is in Hawaii training with a personal trainer before returning to Chicago before training camp begins.