Chicago Bulls sign Luol Deng allowing him to retire as member of team that drafted him
From Bulls.com: The Chicago Bulls announced today the signing of Luol Deng. After signing, Deng made known his intent to retire from the NBA.
“We’re very fortunate and humbled that Luol has chosen to retire as a Chicago Bull,” said President and Chief Operating Officer Michael Reinsdorf. “He was a role model on and off the court during his nine-plus years in Chicago, and he gave everything he had to help us win. I want to thank Luol for not only what he accomplished on the court for the team, but also for the leadership he demonstrated through his philanthropic efforts.”
The two-time All-Star from South Sudan was selected seventh overall by the Bulls in the 2004 NBA Draft. In 902 games over 15 seasons with Chicago, Cleveland, Miami, the L.A. Lakers, and Minnesota, Deng averaged 14.8 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 34.3 minutes per game. He played in the postseason seven times – six with Chicago and one with Miami – where he averaged 15.9 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists through 62 games.