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He said getting Thibodeau locked in for the long term helps. The Bulls had already exercised their option for next season, and the extension runs through 2016-17.

The Bulls would not reveal the financial terms. Yahoo Sports, citing unidentified league sources, reported the deal includes $17.5 million in base salary with bonuses, potentially pushing the package to $20 million

“Obviously, I’m glad that we got the contract part done,” said Thibodeau, who is 112-36 in two seasons. “I’m looking forward to the challenge ahead. My expectations are always the same. That’s for our players to put everything they have into each and every game, to strive for improvement and play our best basketball the second half of the season.”

Notes: Deng said his wrist has improved dramatically and there were several reasons why he opted against surgery, which still remains a possibility. “First thing, I wanted to play in the Olympics (for Great Britain),” he said. “I really wanted to do that. It’s something I wanted to experience. I wanted to play with the guys I grew up with, the country that took me in. A lot of things go into it. Before the year was over, my wrist kept getting stronger and better. … I started focusing on my rehab. It started to get better. That also was part of my decision. I didn’t want to get surgery and miss a lot of games. I’m at a time in my career where I want to play every game.” … Forman said he thinks Noah’s ankle is fine. … The Bulls signed free agents Ryan Allen, Vance Cooksey, Andre Emmett, Kyrylo Fesenko and Marko Jaric to round out their training camp roster.