Apr 25, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls small forward Luol Deng (9) drives during the first quarter of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs against the Brooklyn Nets at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Luol Deng, Chicago Bulls Discussing Contract Extension

Despite reports that the Chicago Bulls were discussing a trade that would have sent Luol Deng to the Washington Wizards in exchange for the No. 3 overall pick, the Bulls are actually looking to lock up their all-star forward with a long-term deal.

Complications arose from a spinal tap kept Deng out of the final two games of the team’s opening round series and all of the Eastern Conference semifinals, but he expects to be 100 percent healthy this summer.

Because of that, the Bulls feel comfortable locking up Deng with a contract extension.

From Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:

The Chicago Bulls are engaging in contract extension talks with All-Star forward Luol Deng, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Deng, 28, has one year and $14.3 million left on his deal with Chicago.

Bulls management and Deng’s representative, Herb Rudoy, have had discussions since the end of the Bulls’ playoff run and plan to talk further in the near future, sources told Yahoo! Sport

With the Bulls returning next season at full strength, they could be a serious threat in the Eastern Conference if they can avoid complications from the luxury tax.

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