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Luol Deng considering playing overseas

Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Three

MIAMI, FL - MAY 22: Luol Deng #9 of the Chicago Bulls walks up court with his head down against the Miami Heat in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs on May 22, 2011 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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From CSNChicago.com’s Aggrey Sam:

Born in South Sudan and growing up in London, Luol Deng exploring the option of playing abroad during the ongoing NBA lockout doesn’t come as a surprise. A posting on the website of his agency, Interperformances, Tuesday, stated the Bulls small forward was “considering to play overseas.”

Deng reportedly told British-based website mvp247.com, “I always wanted to play in Europe.

“I always wanted to see what my game would be like. There’s a part of me, because of growing up in England, I’d like to be close to there.”


If Deng, who played for Great Britan’s team during this summer’s FIBA EuroBasket Tournament, were to go overseas, it would be a fairly big deal. Deng isn’t on Deron Williams’ level as an individual player, but he’s a key piece of the team that finished with the NBA’s best regular-season record last season -- if Deng’s contract with a team in Europe makes it difficult in any way for him to return to the Bulls immediately after the lockout is resolved, Deng’s overseas sojurn could actually change the landscape of the Eastern Conference until he gets back with the team and re-acclimated to his teammates.