Luol Deng is remaining philosophical about his future with the Chicago Bulls, amid strong rumours that he may be moved on this summer.
Reports linking the Great Britain star with a trade to Golden State comes weeks after it surfaced that his current employers had put pressure on the Londoner to skip the Olympic Games in favour of rehabbing his injured wrist.
It is claimed that Bulls GM Gar Forman has offered the NBA All Star and the 29th pick in Thursday’s NBA draft on Thursday in exchange for Latvian centre Andris Bierdrins, small forward Dorrell Wright and the seventh pick in the draft.
However, despite spending his entire professional career with the club, he insists that there will be no hard feelings if rumour becomes active negotiations.
“As much as I want to stay on the team – I love Chicago, I love the Bulls – at the same time I know the business part of it,” he told the Daily Telegraph.
“Sooner or later, all the rumours are going to come up. At the end of the day there are no hard feelings and I’m not a 21-year old-kid who will get upset by it. I understand the game.
“I don’t think they are paying me back for the Olympics. As a GM that’s his job to try and get the team healthy and ready for next year. I understand both sides of it. But again it comes down to a bad injury that happened at the wrong time. I just try to let people know I’m going to be ok.”
Deng will not play for Britain in this week’s friendlies against Lithuania and Russia in Texas and is understood to have left training camp to return to London ahead of the team.
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