Bulls, Deng to Discuss Olympic Decision
Luol Deng has stated repeatedly that he will ‘definitely’ be playing for Team Great Britain during this summer’s London Olympics despite the fact that he has a torn ligament in his left wrist. But before he makes a final decision about his future, Bulls GM Gar Forman and coach Tom Thibodeau want to sit down and discuss all the options with him.
“We’re going to sit down with Luol some time in the next week,” Forman said Tuesday afternoon. “Obviously, the season ended, and we’ve had Derrick (Rose) and his (knee surgery) over the weekend. Our biggest concern for Luol — and I know the Bulls’ fans concern and Luol’s concern — is his health. We haven’t had a chance to sit down with him at length, but we will in the next week and go from there.”
Forman, Thibodeau and Deng have held out hope that Deng still may not require surgery. If he does, and he remains committed to the Olympics, he would be out three to four months, likely keeping him out for the first two months of next season. Bulls team physician Dr. Brian Cole said Tuesday that Rose would likely be out between eight to 12 months while recovering from surgery to fix a torn left ACL he suffered during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Philadelphia 76ers.