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Rodman balks at signing deal

Nothing is ever easy with Dennis Rodman.

The league's six-time leading rebounder agreed to a one-year contract with the Chicago Bulls this month but now is balking at signing because it's too heavily tied to incentive clauses, the Chicago Tribune reported Monday.Rodman said he planned to talk with Bulls GM Jerry Krause Monday to settle the dispute. If it can't be resolved, Rodman might miss the start of the regular season, he said.

He said injuries to Scottie Pippen (foot surgery) and Toni Kukoc (sore foot) could lower the number of games the Bulls win - and consequently hurt Rodman's bottom line because the contract pays him per Chicago win.

"I'm just trying to make sure the contract is right so I can go out there and play," Rodman said.