Britain's Deng makes rich deal to stay with Bulls
Luol Deng has reached agreement on terms of a new National Basketball Association contract with the Chicago Bulls that should make him among Britain's richest athletes, the AFP reported.
The Bulls did not release details of Deng's deal but ESPN reported the contract was a six-year deal worth a guaranteed 71 million dollars and incentives that could boost the total package as high as 80 million dollars.
The 23-year-old forward rejected a five-year deal worth 57.5 million dollars last October and told the Bulls he would not negotiate with them past Friday, when he is set to join the British national team for the European Championship.
Deng was looking at playing next season for 4.5 million dollars and testing free agency in 2009, but Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf took personal charge of talks earlier this month in place of general manager John Paxson.
Last season, Deng averaged 17 points and 6.3 rebounds despite playing only 63 games due to a sore left Achilles tendon. The Sudan-born star who moved to England as a child averaged 18.8 points and 7.1 rebounds in the prior season.