The new collective bargaining agreement has teams more hesitant than ever on pulling a trigger on long-term deals. When Sam Aggrey reported that talks between the Chicago Bulls and Luol Deng about his contract extension broke down it was not all that surprising.
Negotiations between the Bulls and Luol Deng’s camp surrounding a long-term contract extension have stalled, CSNChicago.com has learned.
Yahoo! Sports reported that initial discussions had been taken place between the two parties in separate late-June and early-July meetings regarding keeping the All-Star small forward in Chicago beyond this season, the final year of his current deal. But when the talks were revisited, the Bulls opted to put those plans on hold for the time being and risk the team’s longest-tenured player becoming an unrestricted free agent next summer, according to a source with direct knowledge of the situation.
There seems to be no hostility here, and the Bulls just want to try their roster out at full strength (after being ravaged by injuries last year), to gauge where they’re at and where their needs lie. Deng is the longest tenured Bull, and made the All Star team last year.