When most NBA fans talk about the Chicago Bulls, the conversations usually begin and ends with the health of Derrick Rose. However, the Bulls go into the 2013-14 season with high expectations as this franchise has moved on from the “Baby Bulls” era. Instead, this veteran team has a few All-Stars and one in particular will likely be looking for a payday this off-season.
Luol Deng has been an absolute gamer for Chicago during his nine-year tenure with the club, but Bulls general manager Gar Forman hasn’t exactly made an effort to keep Deng in a Bulls uniform from 2014 on. In fact, Deng is currently in the last year of his contract and would become an unrestricted free agent if the Bulls and No. 9 can’t reach an agreement for a long-term deal this season.
This is the second contract year of Deng’s career, and the last time he was up for a new deal the year was 2007. A lot has changed in Chicago since Deng was last re-upped by the Bulls considering Chicago hadn’t even made the playoffs in 2007 and Rose was a freshman in college. Either way, Deng enters the 2013-14 campaign with a perfect role, so it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if his 10th NBA season winds up being his best.
While Deng still remains one of the best slashing forwards in the game, it’s Deng’s three-point shooting that has improved tenfold in the last few seasons. With Rose back on the court; Deng is now allowed to trail on the fast-break and knock down those wide-open long-range shots. Expect Deng to have a wonderful season in 2013-14, as NBA teams across the continent are already thinking about making the 28-year-old forward a tantalizing offer this summer.