Bulls' Deng wants to sign new deal by...

Bulls' Deng wants to sign new deal by Olympics

There are 26 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jul 21, 2008, titled Bulls' Deng wants to sign new deal by Olympics. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

If the Bulls want to sign Luol Deng to a contract extension, they have weeks, not months, to do so.

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Cortez4Chicago

United States

#1 Jul 21, 2008
Trade Deng and whom ever else it takes (HUGHES or, Nochioni and/or number one draft next year) for Okafor. Sign Ben, then set sights for 4 or 5 year run with a strong nucleus.
thesmlpkg

Elk Grove Village, IL

#2 Jul 21, 2008
Luol, don't let the door hit you on your way out. Don't say you want to stay in Chicago and then reject the kind of money the Bulls have offered you.
Pablo Escobar

Orlando, FL

#3 Jul 21, 2008
He ain't worth the money he had been offered already! Trade the dummy!
braino

Matteson, IL

#4 Jul 21, 2008
Would someone please explain to me what is this team doing?? Are they rebuilding or are they trying to win and if Gordon is not in their plans then they should trade him and try to get something in return before thay lose Gordon for nothing.
Mike Chicago

United States

#5 Jul 22, 2008
The problem with the nba these days is that it is not about the basketball anymore; it's all about the money; what happened to athletes being proud to play for a particular team; they already get paid enough; deng got offered $58 million; that is enough for someone's lifetime.
Bman

Chicago, IL

#6 Jul 22, 2008
I think deng just didn't want a 5 year deal. He wanted something shorter. Athletes can talk all they want about they want to stay with a certain team, but if someone offers them a sweet deal the will leave in a second. I'm surprise the bulls offered that much. They are usually pretty cheap. Gordon should have taken the money when he had the chance..His stock has dropped.
Chad

Schaumburg, IL

#7 Jul 22, 2008
braino wrote:
Would someone please explain to me what is this team doing?? Are they rebuilding or are they trying to win and if Gordon is not in their plans then they should trade him and try to get something in return before thay lose Gordon for nothing.
Paxson has no plan he think this group of idiots is good enough... I can tell you that they are for sure good enough to miss the playoffs. No way this team as constructed makes the playoffs next year. You have Milwaukee getting better and getting a coach that knows the bulls weaknesses inside and out. Cleveland and Detriot are going to be better than them and that means they will fight it out with Indiana to see who will finish last in the central division. Its Pathetic...

You have to expect that backcourt to blowup before the allstar break with 5 guys wanting to start and only to positions. I just wonder if Pax is going to Fire Vinny and try to make him the Fall guy the way he did with skiles.

Paxson is a complete idiot with a huge ego combine the two and you have a big problem. BYE BYE Pax this will be your last season you F*** IDIOT!
Fire Pax

Schaumburg, IL

#8 Jul 22, 2008
Cortez4Chicago wrote:
Trade Deng and whom ever else it takes (HUGHES or, Nochioni and/or number one draft next year) for Okafor. Sign Ben, then set sights for 4 or 5 year run with a strong nucleus.
Run at what??? That lineup would still struggle to make the playoffs! LOL keep trying...

ROSE
GORDON
Thabo
Tyson
Okafor
Fire Pax

Schaumburg, IL

#9 Jul 22, 2008
Whoops meant Tyrus could have been Tyson if our GM wasn't incompetent at trades...
thesmlpkg

Elk Grove Village, IL

#10 Jul 22, 2008
I'll take Paxson over most, if not all, of the other general managers in the NBA. He's a smart professional businessman. I know that's not the popular opinion around here, but it needs to be said.

My concern is that he'll start "taking in" some of the irrational subjectivity I read in the fans' comments.
Show me the Money

Atlanta, GA

#11 Jul 22, 2008
Tired of hearing these sports guys talk about how much they want. Hard times out there for other folks. Maybe when they see less people in the seats, they will understand. Did Deng or Gordon get us to the championship yet? They should be grateful that they can bounce a ball on the floor around to make millions, instead of sweeping up a floor for a few bucks. Send Deng and Gordon off to a team to get draft picks or a one very good player. These players always are thinking about the money and not about winning.
HKT

United States

#12 Jul 22, 2008
this is pathetic.
Fire Pax

Schaumburg, IL

#13 Jul 22, 2008
thesmlpkg wrote:
I'll take Paxson over most, if not all, of the other general managers in the NBA. He's a smart professional businessman. I know that's not the popular opinion around here, but it needs to be said.
My concern is that he'll start "taking in" some of the irrational subjectivity I read in the fans' comments.
Was Devalueing his own player smart? The way he handled the eddy curry situation is embarassing! Publicly demanding a heart test? Come on...

What about the way he handled Tim Thomas? Another black eye. Trading Tyson for literally nothing? Trading JR Smith for Nothing? Failing to adjust his lineup multiple years in a row. Signing the Biggest Bust in recent sports history. Firing his Head Coach on Christmas Eve. I could go on for a while if you want...

That sounds to me like a real smart and professional businessman! Face facts he may understand the game but has no clue how to evaluate talent or essemble a team!
jean valdemar

Haiti

#14 Jul 22, 2008
I would like why John Paxon was hired as a general manager?
What is doing? Where is leading the Bulls? Go Celtics, go!
jean valdemar

Haiti

#15 Jul 22, 2008
I would like to know where Paxon is leading the team? Why was he hired general manager? where is he leading the Bulls? Go celtics, go and go again!
thesmlpkg

Elk Grove Village, IL

#16 Jul 22, 2008
Fire Pax wrote:
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Was Devalueing his own player smart? The way he handled the eddy curry situation is embarassing! Publicly demanding a heart test? Come on...
What about the way he handled Tim Thomas? Another black eye. Trading Tyson for literally nothing? Trading JR Smith for Nothing? Failing to adjust his lineup multiple years in a row. Signing the Biggest Bust in recent sports history. Firing his Head Coach on Christmas Eve. I could go on for a while if you want...
That sounds to me like a real smart and professional businessman! Face facts he may understand the game but has no clue how to evaluate talent or essemble a team!
IMHO, he had a sense of responsibility with Eddy Curry to be sure Eddy did not have a heart attack while playing for the Bulls. I sure as heck wouldn't want that on my conscience. My dad died at age 33 from a massive heart attack. And,iirc, it was Curry's reps who made the test request public.

Tyson simply wasn't performing for Chicago and it certainly wasn't because of anything Pax did. More likely (and we really don't know because we weren't behind the scenes) is that Tyson was influenced by Skiles' personality -- the same coach you're complaining about having been fired on Christmas eve.

I also remember that it was Tim Thomas who didn't want to play for Chicago. I'm glad that he didn't let the door hit him, too.

JR Smith was a nice guy, but not the best performer, either.

Those are the facts as I see them.

We all see things through different filters and quite honestly, I'm getting a bit tired of the "fire Pax" mentality.

The "fact" is that none of us have all of the information available to us to speak with any sort of intelligence as to what might have been, could have been, will be, should be, etc.
mack the knife

Princeton, NJ

#17 Jul 22, 2008
Thanks thesmlpkg from Buffalo Grove. A thoughtful article. Paxson has done a good job in general. The only thing I would hope for now is to settle the number of the backcourt possible starters. It is a pity Hinrich has this contract. He seems to be neither a point guard nor a shooting guard and the mix is neither here not there.Hughes was a disapointment but is mostly OK.
Thabo will be great and of course so will Rose. I am looking forward to next season. Go Bulls, certainly playoff bound.
Fire Pax

Schaumburg, IL

#18 Jul 22, 2008
thesmlpkg wrote:
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IMHO, he had a sense of responsibility with Eddy Curry to be sure Eddy did not have a heart attack while playing for the Bulls. I sure as heck wouldn't want that on my conscience. My dad died at age 33 from a massive heart attack. And,iirc, it was Curry's reps who made the test request public.
Tyson simply wasn't performing for Chicago and it certainly wasn't because of anything Pax did. More likely (and we really don't know because we weren't behind the scenes) is that Tyson was influenced by Skiles' personality -- the same coach you're complaining about having been fired on Christmas eve.
I also remember that it was Tim Thomas who didn't want to play for Chicago. I'm glad that he didn't let the door hit him, too.
JR Smith was a nice guy, but not the best performer, either.
Those are the facts as I see them.
We all see things through different filters and quite honestly, I'm getting a bit tired of the "fire Pax" mentality.
The "fact" is that none of us have all of the information available to us to speak with any sort of intelligence as to what might have been, could have been, will be, should be, etc.
I wasn't saying that it was wrong for him to request Curry getting the heart tests at all. Forcing someone to take it is an entirely different matter though. It is his life to live and if he doesn't want to take the tests that is his choice in the end.

Regardles Tyson and Eddy were valueable pieces who were held till their value was at its lowest then traded for crap. Not smart.

I used to like Pax despite the fact that he came in with an agenda and got rid of the entire roster within a couple years giving away many just cause they weren't "his guys." That was fine arrogant but fine he had a plan for a new style I thought. Last year after they stalled in the playoffs and only team they could beat was a pathetic heat team he didn't adjust the roster!!! Why after seeing what your guys had or didn't have would you not fix your holes?

Anyone with half a brain could see that this team didn't have the balls or the skills to succeed in the playoffs. That was the last straw for me as I knew he was either content with being a mediocre team or Had no clue what he was doing. Sure they did worse than I expected but to me it didn't really matter cause I thought they would be first round outs anyways.

Frankly I am sick of my team sucking it has been over 10 years of crappy teams and they have the talent on the roster to bring in difference makers that is clear. Why can't the great Stand Pax get it done??? Who knows what I do know is guys have been availible and the only sure thing is that Pax will whiff the big trade or signing.

Even you have to agree that his plan for the summer of signing a coach and developing his players is laughable! What idiot does the same thing and expects different results???

Whatever you think of him next season is going to be a trainwreck and Paxson will turn Bulls fans away in droves. You maybe sick of the fire paxson mentality but I am sick of the lovable loser mentality of many so called chicago sports fans. This is a big market team in fact the bulls were the top grossing team over the last decade despite the fact that over that same time period they were one of the worst teams in basketball! They owe us the fans a contender after lining their pockets for the last ten years.
Fire Pax

Schaumburg, IL

#19 Jul 22, 2008
mack the knife wrote:
Thanks thesmlpkg from Buffalo Grove. A thoughtful article. Paxson has done a good job in general. The only thing I would hope for now is to settle the number of the backcourt possible starters. It is a pity Hinrich has this contract. He seems to be neither a point guard nor a shooting guard and the mix is neither here not there.Hughes was a disapointment but is mostly OK.
Thabo will be great and of course so will Rose. I am looking forward to next season. Go Bulls, certainly playoff bound.
Playoff bound? Who are they better than?

Eastern Conf.

1. Boston Celtics
2. Detriot Pistons
3. Toronto Raptors
4. Clevland Cavs
5. Orlando Magic
6. Philidelphia 76ers
7. Maimi Heat
8. Milwaukee Bucks / Atlanta Hawks
Hoffman Estates Mike

Cary, IL

#20 Jul 22, 2008
I can't blame the rookies for what happened last year. Deng and Gordon and Heinrich showed no leadership and didn't make their teammates better. To qoute Leo Durocher, "Back up the truck".

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