The Chicago Bulls appear set to stick with Luol Deng following Derrick Rose’s season-ending injury, according to reports.
USA Today credits a source close to both parties when claiming that the forward looks set to stay in Illinois for the long haul.
Deng is in the final year of his contract with the Bulls, and will earn $14.2million for his efforts. He is their leading scorer this season (16.3 points per game) and third-leading rebounder (7.3 a game).
That hasn’t stopped speculation over his potential exit, with Deng and Carlos Boozer both ideal trade candidates ahead of one of the most highly anticipated drafts in recent history.
Jerry Reinsdorf is showing little interest in parting with the Team GB superstar however, and the anonymous source suggests everyone involved wants the 28-year-old to remain on the team at the conclusion of his six-year deal in June.
With Rose out of the line-up, consistency appears to be the key at the United Centre, and Deng has emerged as a leader of the team in the absence of their influential point guard in the past. He'll need to do it again if the Bulls are to make the play-offs once again.