Deng could return for Heat game

Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng, sidelined with torn ligaments in his left wrist, will return to the lineup within a week, a source close to him told Yahoo! Sports.

Deng is expected to play against conference rival Miami on Sunday, the source said.

The Chicago Tribune reported that Deng has been telling teammates he plans to play Sunday, but the organization has been more cautious about his outlook. Doctors told Deng he ultimately needs surgery on his left wrist – which isn't his shooting hand – and that it could sideline him for three to four months.

Deng said Tuesday in Chicago that he’s determined to play his part in chasing a championship with the Bulls. Also, the chance to represent Great Britain at the Summer Olympics in London is an important opportunity for him.

Deng is vital to the Bulls, who have the NBA’s best record at 16-3. After having a breakout season a year ago – when many believed he should’ve been chosen to the All-Star team – Deng has again emerged as a cornerstone to the Bulls' championship chances. He's averaging 15.9 points and 7.5 rebounds this season.

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