Luol Deng's agent fired plenty of shots at the Bulls in an interview with David Aldridge.
"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."
"And we had another meeting to discuss whether they would discuss a contract," Rudoy said. "He [Forman] called me a week or two ago and decided they did not want to discuss a contract and that it would have to wait until after the season. I told them they'd have to wait until after July 1, because he would have to see what the market is, and that he would become a free agent. And I couldn't promise he wouldn't sign somewhere else. Now, he loves being there, and he loves playing for [coach Tom] Thibodeau. Loves playing for him. But he has to see what the market is."
Now the second quote about Deng playing the market is just par for the course, however, the first quote about Deng being upset about his medical treatment hints towards genuine hurt feelings Deng has with the organization.
Remember that the Bulls also threw Deng under the bus several years ago when he had a stress fracture in his leg, and their doctors didn't find anything wrong with him and encouraged him to challenge himself physically.
"He has been restricted from high-level activity since [Feb. 28]," team physician Brian Cole was quoted as saying. "At this point, he will undergo 'active rest,' meaning that he will be encouraged to challenge himself physically, and if symptoms remain minimal, he will be allowed an expeditious return to play."
With the second major medical incident with Deng that he felt slighted and mistreated by the organization there are clearly some hurt feelings. I do believe that Deng legitimately loves playing for the Bulls, but there's no hometown discount, and the Bulls don't look like they're anxious to lock him up.
Chicago would have a considerable reason to sign Deng to an extension now if they were interested. An extension today would max out at three years, but an extension next summer would go for four seasons. It's easy to understand why the Bulls may not want to commit to Deng, but they'll be worse off if they commit next season.
Obviously things can change around with a very successful season by Deng, a championship, or simply not having a better option, but Deng will hit free agency, the Bulls didn't want to talk now, and I don't expect the talks to go well next season unless something awfully special happens this season.