Luol Deng Doesn’t Want to Talk About Extension
Impending free agent Luol Deng has taken a cue from previous players who have opened their mouths too wide about their contract situations. Instead, Deng is pleading the fifth. Deng would love to sign a long-term contract with the Chicago Bulls, but the Bulls are taking a wait and see approach with him, rather than signing him in the off-season.
Sensitive players would see this as a sign of not being wanted, but Deng doesn’t want to say anything too prematurely. “I’ll try not to be rude, but honestly, I would rather not talk about it,” Deng said. “I would rather play. We know our potential is great, so I just have to focus on us as a team and how good we can be. I think everything will take care of itself. I know it’s going to come up here and there — there is always individual stuff — but honestly, I just want to put all my attention into the team.”
Deng is now in his final year of a six-year deal that is worth $71 million, and he is still good enough to command another lucrative long-term contract. The Bulls, however, want to take some time before they commit to him for that long. How long they wait is as good as anyone’s guess, but if they wait too long, there are plenty of teams that would overpay for the services of a defensive minded small forward with a good in between game.