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Report: Luol Deng likes idea of sign-and-trade to Clippers

Jul 3, 2014, 7:15 PM EDT

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The Clippers want to upgrade the three spot this summer. The Jared Dudley era did not exactly work out as either side expected last season.

Outside of that guy who led the Heat in scoring last year, Luol Deng is the best small forward on the market. And he fits what the Clippers need — he’s a strong defender who works well as a third scoring option as either the roll man or cutting off the ball (plus he will get out in transition and finish).

The challenge is the only way Deng ends up with the Clippers is a sign and trade. Deng is good with that, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

If you’re wondering who the Cavaliers would want back, Jamal Crawford’s name has come up in sign and trades. The Clippers have other guys at the three they would move (including Dudley, who could well have a bounce-back year).

The Clippers and Cavaliers are not making any moves until LeBron James makes his decision, as both harbor long-shot dreams he would come to them (for the Clippers it would be LeBron forcing Pat Riley into a sign-and-trade, good luck with that). Meaning this could be on the back burner for a little while.

Deng can take his time, in fact he just got back from Europe. He has had some interest from the Heat but that would involve a steep pay cut he’s not likely to take. Also interested are the Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks and Los Angeles Lakers. A return to the Chicago Bulls is not out of the question.

But don’t expect any action for a little bit. Deng and his suitors are going to take their time.

  1. irvfin3 - Jul 3, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    Come on Dallas let’s get Deng we already have Dirk resigning for less.

    • bucs4redskinsname - Jul 3, 2014 at 7:45 PM

      Dallas should go after a bigger fish than Deng.

      • kinggw - Jul 3, 2014 at 8:02 PM

        Deng is someone they may be able to actually get.

      • irvfin3 - Jul 3, 2014 at 9:44 PM

        bucs4redskinsname like who

      • 5xchamp24 - Jul 4, 2014 at 12:20 PM

        He would be the perfect fit fit for them if they don’t get Melo. He doesn’t score as much as Melo but at least hes a better defender.

  2. crownmethegoat - Jul 3, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    Outside of that guy who led the Heat in scoring last year, Luol Deng is the best small forward on the market. Did Carmelo sign with a team and no one told me?

    and dont give me “he’s a PF” bs, if he’s a PF lebron is too

  3. antistratfordian - Jul 3, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    Luol has been in LeBron’s shadow since high school. I think he resents him a little bit for that, so I’m not too keen on a Deng in Miami scenario. Probably as likely as a Pierce in Miami scenario.

    • kb2408 - Jul 3, 2014 at 9:19 PM

      Don’t worry, anti, Deng doesn’t want to go to Miami. Cross another free agent off the list.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 3, 2014 at 9:27 PM

        Yeah, I never expected him to. Why would he want to see the guy who has been making his life miserable since he was a teenager every day?

      • tomasekradek - Jul 4, 2014 at 8:28 AM

        where can i get that miserable life deng has?

  4. jeffkx - Jul 3, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    Does a player have to do a sign and trade with the team he is leaving? Or can a player only do it with his immediate former team? Like could Deng do a S & T with say the Phoenix Suns signing Deng and trading him to LA or would it have to be Cleveland? Anyone know?

    • m4a188 - Jul 3, 2014 at 7:53 PM

      Current team.

    • dareesecpa - Jul 3, 2014 at 7:59 PM

      The reason they sign with the current team is to get paid more. The current team signs them. The new team trades away some salary. Then the new team can afford to take on the new salary. The current team may waive the new player or keep them for later, especially if it is an expiring contract, which is often worth more than the player.

      • jeffkx - Jul 3, 2014 at 8:21 PM

        Thanks guys!

      • clevelandrox - Jul 3, 2014 at 9:25 PM

        thats the basic concept.. i dont know why anyone would give it a thumbs down, lol

    • campcouch - Jul 3, 2014 at 11:32 PM

      Weird that someone would thumbs down a question.

    • bkbell3 - Jul 4, 2014 at 2:16 AM

      Also if he signed with another team than with his old team i believe there is a time constraint as to how long the team has to keep the player until they can turn around and trade him again.Also any team receiving a player in a sign and trade is hard capped at 4mil over what ever the lux. tax is. And of course deng wants a sign and trade so he can go to a team that is capped out and get more money instead of having to maybe take less if to walk to a team with limited cap space.

  5. seasickcecil - Jul 3, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    Deng turned down 12 million from the Bulls, a team that he played for his whole carrier for. That led to him getting traded to the Cavs. He is going to try and get every penny he can.

    • louderthanwords1 - Jul 3, 2014 at 9:45 PM

      Deng never turned down 12 million a year. When the rumors started multiple times over Dengs last offseason with Chicago that negotiations had started each time Dengs agent denied there had been any talks and even posted to twitter “We’ve had zero discussions about an extension (for Deng). Zero.”. After Deng was traded he came out and said there were no negotiations and that he was given a 3 yr 30 million offer 3 days before the trade and that it was a take it or leave it offer. All the media outlets at that point reported the same thing that it was a 3 yr 30 million and Paxson pretty much confirmed it was a take or leave offer when he made media rounds after the trade.

  6. seasickcecil - Jul 3, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    • clevelandrox - Jul 3, 2014 at 9:28 PM

      heat fans gave you thumbs down, lol, well here’s breaking Bron;s agent is meeting w/ teams (including the cavs) in downtown Cleveland

      • louderthanwords1 - Jul 3, 2014 at 10:19 PM

        No, I’m not a Heat fan and I gave it a thumbs down. It’s an article that just by the link I’d have 3 issues with. First it has nothing to do with the article. Second it’s not in response to any post on here. 3rd and most importantly it’s a widely reported rumor/story that’s on any and every given media outlet the last few days so theres no need to link it here. The post has the same worth to me as when people link their blog on these boards.

  7. seasickcecil - Jul 3, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    Pat Riley is all excited because he is going to be talking to a free agent. So he wakes up in the morning and sticks his head into his bucket of lard. He sticks his head in the bucket a second time because he wants to look pretty for the free agent. The free agent enters the room and Pat says “how would you like to sign for 1/4 of what your worth to play with Lebron and contend for a championship?” The free agent says “last time I checked Lebron was still a free agent. And what’s with all that lard on your head?” The free agent leaves signs with another team and Riley goes shopping on Amazon for a fresh bucket of lard.

  8. ufools - Jul 3, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    Clips should forget Lebron and do this deal.

  9. seasickcecil - Jul 3, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    A lot a varying reports on the contract situation for Deng. Even if he turned down 30 million for 3 years it still indicates he wants to get paid.

    • louderthanwords1 - Jul 4, 2014 at 7:32 AM

      No, there are no varying reports there’s just you trying to spin revisionist history hoping people don’t know the facts. There were rumors before the trade which were debunked. Also turning down that contract doesn’t indicate he wanted to get paid it it showed that he wanted respect from the Bulls. As you said he had spent his entire career with the Bulls and the Bulls had zero interest in negotiating a deal with Deng. Then months into the season he’s given a take or leave offer with no negotiations and dealt away 3 days later. The Bulls offered him that contract so they could walk away and say they tried to sign him. It was a complete lack of respect for Deng.

  10. campcouch - Jul 3, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    I’m sure he would want a sign and trade,but Cleveland isn’t obligated to do so if the return isn’t what they want. Granted it’d be a story to see Crawford play for the Cavs (still haven’t figured out the Mihm for Crawford trade),it may not be what they’re looking for Cleveland looks like they’re going youth over high priced old vets collecting a check.

  11. lakerade - Jul 4, 2014 at 4:28 AM

    Deng to Houston. They’ll pay the most.
    Pierce to Clippers. No way Miami, he’s no RayTrai.
    Melo stays because money.
    LeBron to Lakers because brand.
    Pau stays.

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