Deng spent his first eight-plus seasons with the Bulls and is averaging 17.6 points and 3.9 rebounds since joining the Cavaliers. He will be a free agent after the season.
‘‘I don’t know,’’ Deng said to the Chicago Sun-Times. ‘‘Maybe they’ll offer me three years, $30 million. That might be an option to take.’’
Deng reportedly rejected that same deal before the Bulls traded him away and said he will keep the Bulls in his mind when free agency rolls around.
‘‘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.’’SI.COM: Halfway hardware: SI.com's NBA midseason awards