Dec 2, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls small forward Luol Deng (9) reacts at the end of the third overtime of their game against the New Orleans Pelicans at the United Center. The Pelicans won 131-126. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

Luol Deng rejected three-year, $30M contract extension from Chicago Bulls before trade

Chicago Bulls fans are waking up shocked this morning, not at the number on their thermometer but over the fact that the team made n overnight trade to send Luol Deng to Cleveland in a move that was only missing a Mayflower truck. The deal ends the Andrew Bynum drama for the Cavs, sends three draft picks including a 2014 first-rounder to Chicago and means that Luol Deng’s time with the Bulls is done.

There was some hope earlier in the past two weeks that the team could hammer out a contract extension with Deng but according to Yahoo! insider Adrian Wojnarowski, the sides were very, very far apart in contract talks. The Bulls reportedly offered Deng a three-year, $30 million extension last week which he promptly rejected.

That was the beginning of the end for Deng with the Bulls but the real nail in the coffin for the Bulls is the fact that USA Today writer  Jeff Zillgitt tweeted that Deng’s camp wanted between $14-$15 million rather than just $10 million.

Bill Simmons reminded us last night f the debacle that involved Deng, the Bulls medical staff and a botched spinal tap during last year’s postseason that not only held Deng out of the Bulls series against the Brooklyn Nets and Miami Heat, but almost killed him. The Bulls’ negligence and their seeming not to care about him, at least not enough to leave someone behind in Chicago with him while the team played Miami, seems to be a factor as well.

Either way, the Bulls and Deng have parted ways and judging from the numbers, this divorce was something that was inevitable.

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