(NEW YORK) — According to a report, the Chicago Bulls and forward Luol Deng were unable to come to terms on a long-term contract extension.
His agent Herb Rudoy told the Chicago Tribune last week that the Bulls informed him there would be no talks this offseason or during training camp to extend the contract of the two-time All-Star, making it more likely that Deng will explore free agency in 2014.
The 28-year-old Deng is entering the final season of a six-year, $71 million contract.
Bulls general manager Gar Forman said in June that he still thinks of Deng as a key member of the team.
“We value Luol, as you all know,” Forman. “You’ve heard [Bulls coach] Tom [Thibodeau] talk about it during the season, and us talk about it for years. Luol’s a big piece of what we’re doing. He’s been a big piece of the success we’ve had the last couple years. He’ll continue to be a big piece of what we’re doing moving forward.”
Deng averaged 16.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game last season, but missed the last seven games of the playoffs with complications from a spinal tap.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
Jill Martin, CNN