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Report: Luol Deng won’t sign extension with any team, limiting Cavaliers chances of trading him

Feb 19, 2014, 6:18 PM EDT

Jimmy Butler, Luol Deng AP

The Cavaliers were so desperate to make the playoffs this season, they traded for Luol Deng without any guarantee he’d stay with Cleveland this summer.

Deng’s production has fallen off, though the Cavaliers were so deficient at small forward, he’s actually helped them (8-10 with him, 13-23 without him). Still, Cleveland is three games out of playoff position.

That’s why the Cavaliers are considering trading Deng. That and the fact that their team is in disarray, and they must know Deng recognizes that.

But will any other team trade for Deng, a pending free agent, without him signing an extension? And would he do it?

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Forward Luol Deng’s reluctance to commit to a long-term extension with any team before July free agency makes it unlikely that the Cleveland Cavaliers can find a willing trade partner before Thursday’s NBA deadline, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

The Cavaliers have had conversations with several teams, including Dallas, Detroit and Indiana about Deng, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Nevertheless, there’s no traction on a deal and no team seems inclined to give up valuable assets for a player who could walk away in free agency.

Unless the Cavaliers are willing to sell low, this will definitely narrow their pool of trade partners. Maybe some team(s) would accept Deng as a half-season rental, someone who can help with a playoff run. But more teams would trade for him if he’d sign an extension.

I’m a little surprised Deng is so anti-extension – unless he’s really not and is just unsatisfied with the offers he’s gotten. That’s be more rationale. Still, I’d imagine leaving Chicago for Cleveland has opened Deng’s eyes to how less-cohesive teams function, and he probably doesn’t want to get stuck somewhere without learning more about the team.

But if a team offers a big-money extension, would he really turn it down? And if that team wanted Deng badly enough to offer a sizable extension, wouldn’t it also probably offer the Cavaliers enough to accept a trade?

It seems no team values Deng highly enough to make that happen. That’s a product of his play in Cleveland and his contract status.

A lot will change this summer for Deng, and there’s a good chance he gets the contract he desires then. Unless a Cleveland trade partner steps up with an impressive extension offer, he’s better off letting this season play out, which seems to be what he’s doing.

  1. eugenesaxe1 - Feb 19, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    Playing for CLE will make anyone want to be in total control of their destiny. I imagine it’s been quite an eye-opening experience for him.

    • av416 - Feb 19, 2014 at 9:11 PM

      No kidding. Could you imagine Luol with the Pacers? Especially if Pritchard can get rid of Granger in exchange…Oh my.

      • casualcommenter - Feb 20, 2014 at 1:26 AM

        Granger has negative trade value right now given his large salary this year and the fact that he’s shooting 36% from the field and 33% from 3.

        Pacers would have to throw in draft picks to make it worthwhile since the Cavaliers would get worse by swapping Deng for Granger without getting any cheaper, and the Cavs are very unlikely to want to resign Granger.

  2. stayhigh_247 - Feb 19, 2014 at 6:53 PM

    He’s gonna end up in San Antonio, Golden State or somewhere in the west next season.

    • azarkhan - Feb 19, 2014 at 7:51 PM

      Not San Antonio. They already have an excellent SF in Kawhi Leonard. Too bad because Deng is about team and has the work ethic and mindset to be a Spur.

      • asimonetti88 - Feb 20, 2014 at 12:06 AM

        I haven’t watched enough Spurs games to know this, but does Leonard have the skillset to play SG? He is definitely a competent enough defender from what I saw in the Finals to defend the 2. It just seems like Deng is meant to be a Spur.

      • iamawesome2014 - Feb 20, 2014 at 1:03 AM

        i think pop would do wonders with deng. Question is who would spurs move to get him

    • irvfin3 - Feb 20, 2014 at 12:08 AM

      Hopefully Dallas

  3. ggallin4evr - Feb 19, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    The Cavs have won 5 in a row without much help from Deng. Actually, Jarett Jack has been a bigger help! What disarray are we talking about?

    • Kurt Helin - Feb 22, 2014 at 12:25 PM

      You’re right, everything is just fine in Cleveland. Model franchise.

  4. 00maltliquor - Feb 19, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    Good for you Luol, stick it to them!

  5. jadaruler - Feb 19, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    If Deng is traded to Dallas, he will re-sign with them in the summer. Guys are reluctant to sign here, but they dont want to leave once they’re here.

    • bjswoosh805 - Feb 19, 2014 at 9:39 PM

      A good fit for the Mavs if they could sign him.Unlike Marion, Luol could open up the court which leave more space for Ellis to drive and give space for Nowitzki to operate. But for sure Doc Rivers would like a Deng w/ his Clips. Loul could help them defensively and could be that 3rd option for scoring.

      • spursareold - Feb 19, 2014 at 9:52 PM

        Put down the pipe. As ugly as Marion’s jumper is, his 3 pointer goes in WAY more often than Deng’s.

      • casualcommenter - Feb 20, 2014 at 1:18 AM

        Despite Luol Deng’s jumper looking way less ugly than Shawn Marion’s, they’re actually both 33% career 3-point shooters.

        More recently, Deng has averaged around 32% both of the past 2 years from 3 with Derrick Rose missing a lot of time, while Marion has averaged 32% and 36% the past 2 years from 3.

        Neither are great floor spacers.

  6. ggallin4evr - Feb 19, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    The Cavs have won 5 in a row. What kind of disarray is that?

  7. brianjoates - Feb 19, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    If Larry legend can get deng to indiana on Thursday that would really bolster their lineup for a long playoff run.

    • irvfin3 - Feb 20, 2014 at 12:26 AM

      Nahhh they don’t need him and you know that

      • mackcarrington - Feb 20, 2014 at 12:37 AM

        He didn’t say that they NEEDED him. Only it would bolster their lineup.

  8. glink123 - Feb 19, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    He’ll end up back in Chicago. 4 year, $40 million.

  9. clevelandschronic2 - Feb 19, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    Keep it up. All these negative stories are fueling the cavs. 6 game win streak baby and not out of the playoff chase. But the media keeps churning out all these BS reports about the cavs. Like kyrie and dion dont like each other which is BS. Its amazing how the people reporting the same BS rumors over and over again get this info, clearly they arent talking to kyrie or listening to him talk about the team now. Btw Deng said before that the article in the new york post was ALSO BS but keep referencing it, Just shows how little these Reporters know.

    Cleveland til i die 216/330

  10. chiadam - Feb 19, 2014 at 11:52 PM

    The trade was more about getting rid of Bynum than adding Deng.

    • asimonetti88 - Feb 20, 2014 at 12:13 AM

      Gonna have to disagree with that. Grant had to know his time was short. He wanted to get an asset back that he thought could spark the team and save his job.

  11. campcouch - Feb 20, 2014 at 2:52 AM

    Wait this guy cites his source as: Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. If anyone ever read Wojnarowski’s “articles” then you’d know that this is made up lol.

  12. 1heatedtoombrayduh - Feb 20, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    why should deng even have to sign an extension..if the team is willing to extend him now, then they should have no problem offering it to him once he’s a FA, AND they wont have to give up any assets.

  13. bougin89 - Feb 20, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    The Deng trade wasn’t a desperate trade for the Cavs. They gave up a player they were about to release anyway and got a very solid player on an expiring contract. Thats was about as low risk of a trade as it gets.

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