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Bulls' Post-Spinal Tap Care For Luol Deng Made Good Faith Extension Talks Difficult

Luol Deng became a two-time All-Star for the Chicago Bulls under Tom Thibodeau.

But the relationship between the Bulls and Deng began to go awry due to health issues.

The Bulls issued the spinal tap to test for viral meningitis, and sources at the time indicated Deng complained of his post-procedure care, which featured unfamiliar doctors, no visits from team personnel and the lack of a private hospital room.

Deng’s representatives met with Bulls management last offseason to discuss their concerns over these issues and that became problematic as the sides moved on to discuss an extension.

The gap between Chicago's offer, reportedly $30 million for three years according to Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski, and Deng's wish for something similar to Josh Smith's $14 million per season, was too wide for real talks to even begin.

"We didn't handle that as well as we could've and should've," said John Paxson during a news conference following the trade.

Via K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune
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