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Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal-Times reports that former Bull Toni Kukoc's NBA career is not necessarily over:


"Toni is not retired," [Herb] Rudoy, the Chicago-based agent for Toni Kukoc, told me over the phone. "This is an on-going process. Don't write his obituary yet."

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The Bulls have yet to finalize their training camp roster and still are exploring some options, one of them being free-agent forward Maciej Lampe who, despite being only 21, has three years of NBA experience under his belt.

Rudoy made it clear Kukoc only wants to play for the Bulls - even though several other teams have expressed an interest in him, including Seattle, Toronto and San Antonio.

"We're going to wait and see what happens," Rudoy said "A lot of things can happen between now and training camp."

The Bulls roster seems pretty much set. I'd be surprised if Toni ended up back with the Bulls, unless it was for the league minimum. He'd definitely be better than Lampe though. If Toni does sign, it would likely be more for his veteran experience than his production. His numbers have been in steady decline across the board since the 2002-03 season. Last season with the Bucks, Kukoc averaged 4.9 points on 39 percent shooting in just over 15 minutes per game.

UPDATE 9/19: Kelly Dwyer has done a nice article on Kukoc's career. Toni Reward