Luol Deng’s agent has already said that Deng will be testing free agency, then there was a report that said Deng was frustrated with the Bulls, and now it seems to be getting worse. Deng will be an unrestricted free agent next summer, and it seems as if he isn’t pleased with the Bulls. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, Deng is disappointed with them:
As Rose returns to the Bulls after missing a full season, his most important teammate – Luol Deng – is privately disappointed over the franchise’s unwillingness to engage him in serious contract discussions. Deng could leave as a free agent this summer, could be traded before the February deadline – everything is so unsettled over his future.
The Bulls are giving off the impression that they are willing to let him walk for nothing. Cap space is becoming more valuable in today’s NBA, and the Bulls could benefit from a little spending money. Also, because of the new CBA, teams are afraid of the luxury tax. Owner Jerry Reinsdorf is especially against paying it, so it would be no surprise to him walk from Chicago. They may trade him before the trade deadline, so that’s another story-line to watch.