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Report: Mavericks interested in Luol Deng, too

Jun 23, 2014, 2:09 PM EDT

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Carmelo Anthony isn’t walking through that door, LeBron James was never realistic, Chris Bosh loves Miami and isn’t looking to leave. So the Dallas Mavericks are looking at the next tier of free agents, going after guys like Pau Gasol.

And Luol Deng.

In the article at about the Mavericks targeting the elder Gasol brother, it also mentions that free agent Loul Deng could be a target.

Sources say the Mavs also have interest in free-agent small forward Luol Deng, although there are concerns about his durability after the two-time All-Star missed 75 games over the previous four seasons and led the league in minutes per game twice in the last four seasons.

As with Gasol, this comes down to money.

Luol Deng is an All-Star three who defends hard and can score, the Mavs could use that. Every team could use that. He averaged 19 points a game and was pretty efficient getting it while in Chicago (the time in Cleveland was never a fit). You could see him being a good fit next to Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis.

Deng is not going to make the $14.3 million he made last season, but is he worth $10 million a year? He is 29 and in his prime, despite the injury history someone is going to give him four years. I think four and $40 million is a fair price to get Deng.

Will the Mavericks brain trust think so? What team will pony up for him?

  1. loubearkane - Jun 23, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    This would be a great move by Dallas.

  2. mungman69 - Jun 23, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    He’d fit in well in Dallas

    • chicagosports2014 - Jun 23, 2014 at 7:14 PM

      Good move for both sides, only thing Mark Cuban is a racist on the low I’m sure Luo debating that move a lil bit

      • patfic5 - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:07 PM

        Sure he is….get a clue.

  3. 00maltliquor - Jun 23, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    Mavs would be interesting if they got Luol and Pau. And if they could squeeze in Isaiah Thomas too…woooo weee, that could be some fun to go with Dirk and Monta.

  4. sportsfan18 - Jun 23, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    Luol is a solid NBA player.

    No, he isn’t KD, LBJ etc… but there aren’t 5 LBJ’s for each team.

    ANY team could use a hardworking, above average two way player that Deng is.

    He’s not a diva either. Plays hard.

    It would be great for the Mavs or whoever else gets him.

  5. irvfin3 - Jun 23, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    Dallas, make it happen!!!

  6. unxpexted1 - Jun 23, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    I was hoping the Lakers would take a better look at him. There were murmurs of interest but doesn’t seem to be the case anymore.

    • asimonetti88 - Jun 23, 2014 at 3:18 PM

      That would be a GREAT signing for the Lakers. I think he wants to be more competitive however, just look at how unhappy he was on a losing team in Cleveland. If the Lakers could convince another big free agent Deng might look at LA but I think that Dallas is a far more realistic landing spot for him

  7. wlubake - Jun 23, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    This would essentially be shifting Marion’s money to Deng. Of course Dallas would consider this. Though Ariza may be another contender for that role. Hopefully Marion will come back cheap and whomever up ($3 million?).

  8. texasrug - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    Nothing mark Cuban does or says is on the low so if he was racist everyone would know it

  9. jadaruler - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    No. No. No. Deng is one of the most overrated players in the NBA. He’s a good defender, but not as great as people in the league make him out to be.

    Besides, 40 million is too much for a guy that’s been through the Thibs grinder.

  10. stephenolszewski - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    Although Deng may have missed quite a few games the past four seasons I think there isn’t a better spot for Deng to go. Carlisle always gets the most out of his players and would be a nice second or third option to Dirk.

    If Cleveland’s smart they’ll try to flip Deng for a pick or even a pick in the future it’s clear after last years mess he isn’t coming back.

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