Herb Rudoy Rumors

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Neither side would comment for the record on what Deng was asking for, though the Bulls have maintained they’d be willing to pay him at or above market value. Given that Andre Iguodala, a player with some similarities to Deng, got a four-year, $48 million free agent deal from Golden State as part of a sign-and-trade deal with Utah, Deng’s floor would be at $12 to $13 million per year. Anything above that is likely to be too rich for the Bulls, given the possibilities Chicago can entertain after this season. “We never negotiated,” Rudoy said Friday. “We had several meetings. One was to discuss the medical care he got, or did not get, after his spinal tap [in May], which was of great concern to him.”
Rudoy was asked if Forman indicated that the Bulls first wanted to try and look at bigger options before opening up talks again with Deng, and said that wasn’t relayed to him. “Of course they didn’t say they didn’t want him back, so that was never discussed,’’ Rudoy said. “I told Gar they are running the risk that someone can step up on July 1 and they can lose him. “At this point, we’re not looking to do anything except get the best deal possible. We’ll see what happens and we’ll see what’s out there. He loves Chicago, loves playing for [coach Tom]Thibodeau, really loves playing for Thibodeau, but he will look for the best offer.’’
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Rudoy, however, said on Wednesday that choosing this path could cost the Bulls Deng come July 1, and despite Deng wanting to stay, any idea of home-town discounts if talks eventually restart are out the window. “I actually expected them to negotiate an extension,’’ Rudoy said in a phone interview. “I was very surprised when [Forman] called and said they decided not to further negotiate. I was a bit surprise because it’s going to be a hot free-agent market next summer.’’