While at Monday's groundbreaking ceremony for the organization's new practice facility adjacent to the United Center, Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau, executive vice president John Paxson and general manager Gar Forman provided updates on the status of several of the team's players, last seen hobbled or out of action in the NBA playoffs.

Paxson discussed All-Star small forward Luol Deng, who had severe complications from a spinal-tap procedure in the first round of the postseason and was unable to return after being hospitalized multiple times and losing 15 pounds.

"I know Lu went over to London, so Gar and I met with [Deng's agent] Herb Rudoy and he's getting along well," he said. "The big thing for Lu this year, this summer now, is the fact that there isn't any basketball that he has to do. Last year, he had the Olympics in London and that was huge. He's doing better and it was awful what he went through. Nobody wants that to happen, but he'll regain his strength this summer. But I'm just glad that he doesn't have anything committed, basketball-wise."

Thibodeau added: "He hasn't been back in a while. I know he's feeling a lot better. He'll be in the gym shortly."

The coach said that several other players have been showing up to work out at the Berto Center.

"Kirk [Hinrich has] been in, he's been moving well," he said. "Taj [Gibson] has been in. We've got quite a few guys. Malcolm [Thomas] and Marquis [Teague] have been in, Nazr [Mohammed, a free agent and Chicago native, has] been in every day."