DENG OK AS INSURANCE CLEARANCE GIVEN

Luol Deng has been cleared to play for Great Britain in this month’s EuroBasket after a wrangle over his insurance was resolved.

The Chicago Bulls star is set to link up with his GB team-mates next week at their training camp in Cobham but will miss this weekend’s friendlies against Nigeria and the Netherlands while he attends his own youth summer camp in Loughborough.

“Playing for GB is always important to me so I’m really glad we could resolve this,” said Deng in a statement issued through his Foundation. “It has been a long process but a great team effort. I can’t wait to join the team and prepare for Lithuania.”

British Basketball’s Performance Director, Chris Spice, remains hopeful that a deal will be also done to finalise insurance for Detroit Pistons guard Ben Gordon “within 48 hours”, despite difficulties in making contact with the former NBA Sixth Man of the Year. However he is thrilled at Deng’s belated inclusion.

“It is great for basketball in Britain that Luol has signed up for our programme again this summer,” he said. “He has always been a great supporter of the GB basketball programme and we are excited to have him on the court again this year after he played such a key role for us in qualifying last year.

“With Olympic tickets sold out it is fantastic that the British public will get to see Luol play in the Olympic Basketball Arena in the London International Basketball Invitational tournament in two weeks time.”

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