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Luol Deng wanted Chicago Bulls stay

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Luol Deng has revealed he did not want to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Chicago Bulls.

The 28-year-old was traded to the Cavaliers from the Bulls on Tuesday in a deal that saw Andrew Bynum seal a move to the United Center before being immediately released.

Deng, who went to school in south London, spent 10 years at the Bulls and was planning on ending his career in Chicago, Illinois.

Reports suggested Deng demanded $15million to sign a new deal at the Bulls, however the small forward has since rubbished such claims.

Speaking to Slam Online, Deng said: “My thing is in the summer, I never came with a number.

“I heard on the radio that I asked for 15 (million). I would never ask for a number. We came to (general manager) Gar (Forman) last summer and we wanted to sit down and talk. And Gar didn’t want to talk.

"They felt like they wanted to wait and see how everything goes with Derrick (Rose).

"Three days before the trade, Gar called me upstairs and put three years, $30 million on the table. Take it or leave it. No negotiation. I said no and that was it. But 15? That’s the only thing that upset me.

"I’m not upset with the organization. I want everyone to understand that. If I was a GM, would I make that move? Maybe.

“I wanted to be in Chicago. I thought I was going to end my career there. Not talking during the summer, did that hurt me? Yeah. And then you come back with 10 (million).

"Who knows what I would’ve taken in the summer? That’s the part that is really bothering me. Other than that, I have no issues at all.”

Deng could make his debut for the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight as the Eastern Conference franchise take on the Utah Jazz at the EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City.

Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Mike Brown will be hoping Deng can lift the Central Division side further up the league table, as they are currently 12th in the Eastern Conference.

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