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Luol Deng open to rejoining Bulls

Updated: February 24, 2014 1:24PM



CLEVELAND — Luol Deng rarely has trouble getting his shot off. That translates to off the court, too.

Meeting with the media for yet another chat about facing his former Bulls teammates Wednesday, Deng was asked about his pending free agency and the likelihood he could return to the Bulls despite their trading him to the Cleveland Cavaliers earlier this month.

‘‘I don’t know,’’ Deng said sarcastically. ‘‘Maybe they’ll offer me three years, $30 million. That might be an option to take.’’

That was the offer Deng walked away from several days before the Bulls made the decision to trade him.

Deng eventually answered without the sarcasm.

‘‘I can’t say,’’ he said. ‘‘There’s no bad blood or anything. For me to sit here and say I’m taking Chicago out of the equation, that’s stupid. I was there for 10 years.’’

Calling in help

Kirk Hinrich (right hamstring) didn’t make the trip to Cleveland, while Carlos Boozer (left calf) was out against the Cavaliers. That meant high minutes for D.J. Augustin and the Bulls bringing back veteran guard Mike James on a 10-day contract.

Rose news

Derrick Rose took some set shots during the morning shootaround. Though he’s out for the season after tearing his right meniscus, he’ll still be part of the 28-player pool for USA Basketball, ESPN reported.

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