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Deng agrees 40m Chicago contract

Luol Deng
Deng hopes to be a star at the 2012 Olympics with Team GB

British star Luol Deng has agreed a new six-year deal with the Chicago Bulls.

The contract for the 23-year-old South Londoner is worth a guaranteed $71m (approx 36m), with incentives taking its possible worth to $80m (40m).

Deng had rejected a five-year deal but his impressive displays in the team's miserable 2007-08 season ensured they were keen to find a way to keep him.

Great Britain will not be competing at the Beijing Olympics but hope to qualify for the London Games in 2012.

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Deng, who was born in Sudan but lived in Britain from the age of nine to 15, when he moved to America, will be leading Britain's bid to qualify for 2012.

He represented England at under-16 and under-19 level with basketball's authorities recognising his status as a refugee, but his entry into the Great Britain set-up was delayed by his lack of a British passport, even though most of his family had them.

In 2006, lobbying by British Basketball and the London 2012 Olympic officials helped him gain the passport he needed.

see also
NBA duo given GB training places
05 Jun 08 |  Basketball
GB absent from Beijing basketball
30 Nov 07 |  Basketball
Bulls star Deng set for GB debut
03 Aug 07 |  Basketball
GB cleared for qualifying games
16 Jul 07 |  Basketball
Deng aims to boost GB basketball
04 May 07 |  Basketball
Deng's dedication breeds success
19 Nov 06 |  Basketball
Deng cleared to play for Britain
05 Oct 06 |  Basketball


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