Bulls GM John Paxson ''anticipates'' that Ben Gordon will be in training camp with the team, but says that the qualifying offer is only on the table until Wednesday.
The Bulls and Gordon have been unable to agree on a contract, no sign and trades appear imminent, and despite flurting with the idea earlier in the summer Europe no longer appears to be an option for Chicago's leading scorer.
''That's not an option because I would still be a restricted free agent [with the Bulls upon return to the NBA],'' Gordon said. ''Other than that, I'm not ruling anything out.''
''There is some time out there for us, but the reality is we've just been so far apart for so long,'' Paxson said. ''We believe we're closer to what the market is in the league. But anything can happen when there is a deadline and all that. The qualifying offer stands until Wednesday.''