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Report: Cavaliers testing trade market for Luol Deng

Feb 19, 2014, 11:31 AM EST

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Cleveland brought in Luol Deng because owner Dan Gilbert laid down a “playoffs or bust” mandate and then GM Chris Grant realized they were more bust — even in the lowly East — so he tried to add an All-Star level player at their weakest spot.

That likely will not work (Cleveland is three games out of the last playoff spot in the East, and it didn’t save Grant’s job as he was canned anyway) but it creates another issue — after looking around the situation in Cleveland Deng reportedly plans to leave as a free agent this summer. He doesn’t want to stick around.

Which means Cleveland is considering trading him again, reports Brian Windhorst of ESPN.

Ken Berger of CBSSports.com confirmed this as well.

Under the rules of the CBA Cleveland can trade Deng however they cannot package him with anyone else in a trade. Also, he can’t go back to Chicago.

Because of the situation any offers the Cavs get are likely lowball ones — if a team is really interested in Deng they can wait until this summer and try to sign him as a free agent and not have to surrender a player or picks to get him.

However, teams feeling they need a boost to make a playoff push this season (Golden State? Minnesota?) could be willing to rent him, especially if they feel it gives them a leg up on re-signing him this summer.

I’d personally bet against a deal getting done, but it’s something to watch the next couple days.

  1. dluxxx - Feb 19, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    I’d love to see him in Minny, but I can’t imagine what they’d send back to Cleveland. Probably not much. Mbah a Moute? Robbie Hummel?

  2. money2long - Feb 19, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    so the league is trying to play hot potato with deng? no assurance he will even find a landing spot if he’s indeed traded this time around.

  3. spthegr8 - Feb 19, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    The Cavs are a Train Wreck. I’m SUUUUURRREEE teams are gonna offer a lot for him knowing that, he is gone in the off-season anyway.

    • deavn - Feb 19, 2014 at 12:42 PM

      The Cavs are going to the playoffs homie.

      • spthegr8 - Feb 19, 2014 at 12:57 PM

        @Deavn
        Only if they they take the Bottom 7 teams instead of the top 8.

  4. sportsnut101 - Feb 19, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    Trade him to lakers for pau
    Or trade him to bobcats for ben Gordon
    Trade him to memphis

  5. biasedhomer - Feb 19, 2014 at 12:20 PM

    Since they can’t package him with anyone else (not sure if that includes draft picks), I think it likely will have to be a 3 team trade to please all sides.

  6. azarkhan - Feb 19, 2014 at 1:46 PM

    Instead of worrying about trading Deng, Cavaliers management should be concerned about what is making him leave: “players get thrown out of practice, take off their uniform tops at halftime and threaten not to play, mouth off to Brown and generally act like spoiled brats. …”

  7. beach305 - Feb 19, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    And why would lebron come back?

  8. campcouch - Feb 19, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    So exactly why has Deng been anointed a superstar? The Bulls actually improved after he left. I’m assuming he’s a defensive “specialist”,but so far all I’ve seen is a spot up wing player who drives every once in a while. Yeah,two-time all-star reserve,I get that,but he’s a complimentary player to a superstar…Derrick Rose. Cleveland is a few games out of the final spot,their best bet is to forget about trading him and push for the 6,7 or 8 seed,which is not impossible in the weak East. After that,he can do what he wants.

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