NBA veteran Luol Deng signs with Chicago Bulls to retire with team at 34

A two-time All-Star from South Sudan, Deng was taken seventh overall by the Bulls in the 2004 draft and spent nine-plus years in Chicago

Veteran NBA forward Luol Deng signed Thursday with the Bulls in order to retire as a member of the team.

“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,” team president and COO Michael Reinsdorf said in a statement. “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.”

A two-time All-Star from South Sudan, where he has worked to develop young basketball players, Deng, 34, was taken seventh overall by the Bulls in the 2004 NBA Draft.

In 902 NBA games over 15 seasons with the Bulls, Cavaliers, Heat, Lakers and last season with the TImberwolves he averaged 14.8 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 34.3 minutes per game. He averaged 15.9 points and 6.7 rebounds in 62 playoff games in seven postseasons, six with Chicago and one with Miami.

John Paxson, Bulls executive VP of basketball operations, said Deng would be remembered for “the fierce competitiveness he brought to both ends of the floor every night.”

Deng ranks in the top five on the Bulls all-time list for minutes (fifth, 22,882), points (fourth, 10,286), field goals made (fifth, 3,987) and attempted (fifth, 8,675) and steals (fifth, 639).

He led the Bulls in scoring in 2011-12 (15.3 ppg) and 2012-13 (16.5 ppg).

The Bulls will honor Deng at a game to be determined later this season.