He still carries the mindset of a low-level recruit who…

He still carries the mindset of a low-level recruit who did the daily chores of his best friend after he passed away in high school, the determined and undeterred collegian who was looked over at UCLA before becoming one of the league’s fiercest competitors. “He plays so hard, almost violently, you’ll have some concern [about whether he can] stay at that level for the amount [he makes]. I think he’s good this year and the next year, where he’ll be 32,” the executive said. “Then when he’s making $44 [million] and $47 million [in 2021-22 and ’22-23, respectively], there’s concern. Can he play at that level? He doesn’t have the kind of game that ages well. He’s not a jump shooter. So much of what he does depends on athleticism. He still has that fire in his belly, but does he have the necessary skills to fall back on? I don’t think you want to gut your team to get him because he’ll be alone and he’ll be frustrated. You’ll need pieces around him for the things he doesn’t do.”
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October 17, 2019 | 2:24 pm EDT Update
The Chicago Bulls announced today the signing of Luol Deng. After signing, Deng made known his intent to retire from the NBA. “We’re very fortunate and humbled that Luol has chosen to retire as a Chicago Bull,” said President and Chief Operating Officer Michael Reinsdorf. “He was a role model on and off the court during his nine-plus years in Chicago, and he gave everything he had to help us win. I want to thank Luol for not only what he accomplished on the court for the team, but also for the leadership he demonstrated through his philanthropic efforts.”
“From the moment we made Luol Deng the seventh overall pick of the 2004 NBA Draft, the Chicago Bulls became a better team,” said Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations John Paxson. “Luol carried himself with first-class professionalism and leadership, helping lead his Bulls team to eight playoff appearances during his time in Chicago. We’ll always remember his All-Star career and the fierce competitiveness he brought to both ends of the floor every night.”