NBA Rumors: Cavs ‘Haven’t Expressed Much Interest’ In Re-Signing Luol Deng Reviewed by Momizat on . [new_royalslider id="139"] One of the biggest names on the NBA free agent market this summer will be veteran small forward Luol Deng. The two-time All-Star will [new_royalslider id="139"] One of the biggest names on the NBA free agent market this summer will be veteran small forward Luol Deng. The two-time All-Star will Rating: 0
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One of the biggest names on the NBA free agent market this summer will be veteran small forward Luol Deng. The two-time All-Star will become an unrestricted free agent this July with the Cleveland Cavaliers not high on the prospect of bringing him back.

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According to Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal, the Cavs haven’t shown much interest in retaining the veteran:

Yahoo Sports reported Thursday that the Cavs could increase their chances of retaining free agent Luol Deng should they hire Griffin to be their coach, but the Cavs tried trading Deng at the trade deadline three months ago and haven’t expressed much interest in bringing him back.

With the Cavs winning the NBA draft lottery for the third time in four years, the struggling franchise will have a shot to bring in a potential star in the making at the small forward position. Jabari Parker (Duke) and Andrew Wiggins (Kansas) will both be there for the taking for the Cavs in the 2014 NBA draft making Deng expendable to say the least.

Deng was acquired by the Cavs this season in exchange for troubled center Andrew Bynum and draft picks. The move was expected to vastly improve Cleveland’s squad, but unfortunately the team was still unable to turn it around even with Deng in the fold alongside Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters.

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Although Deng will likely have a number of different suitors in free agency, teams are wary of the injury problems he’s had over the past few years. If healthy, Deng can be a solid contributor on both ends of the floor for any team in the league, but at 29, he might not receive the lucrative long-term offers he’s expecting.

Over the past few months, rumors have circulated around the league that the Los Angeles Lakers could show interest in the veteran forward. Deng’s asking price could be too high for the storied franchise, but if the market isn’t what he expects, then Los Angeles could prove to be a viable option.
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  • Joey

    We will happily take him off their hands.

    • Al Haldie

      Not for 14 mil -maybe for half that..

      • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

        Deng will not worth 14M in the open market… I think he will be good for close to 10M per, Ariza is also available…

        If our roster could Include a trade for Irving..

        pg-Irving = 7M
        SG-Kobe = 23M
        SF-Ariza = 8M
        PF-Hill = 4M
        C-Gortat = 8M

        Nash = 9m
        Farmar = 2M
        Bazemore = 1M
        Kelly = 1M
        Sacre = 1m

        That’s 64M… well within cap…

    • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

      Cleveland is almost ready to trade Irving for a first round pick to pair with their #1 pick… perhaps Mitch can do some magic and snatch Irving with the 7th pick… then we can go for Deng or Ariza, and a center like Gortat.

      Lineup next season would be really good…
      Irving,Kobe,Deng,Hill,Gortat… that is a really good team…
      Bench would be: Farmar-Nash-Bazemore-Kelly-Sacre

  • vdogg

    not a bad option. but there’s also trevor ariza.. and rudy gay.

    • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

      Ariza is ok… but Rudy Gay…??? I have reservation. yes, he has talent, but has not been able to translate it to meaningful wins… I would go for players who can easily recognize their roles in the offense and play it well… Pau, Deng, Ariza

      • vdogg

        gay quietly had a very good, very efficient (for him) year last year. word is that he might opt out of his contract to see if there is something better out there (who wants to live in sacramento?). lakers could offer him a modest one year deal. i think the chances increase even more if hollins is hired as coach.

        • justsaying

          please explain to me again why he would leave 19M to a modest one year deal???

          • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

            Exactly why Gay is a far fetch idea…. no one leaves 19M on a contract…

          • vdogg

            i wouldn’t, either. but go ahead and google it. gay is reportedly planning to see what else is out there.

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            If he thinks he can get a 4-year deal for around $50 million, he would absolutely opt out.

      • Al Haldie

        ARIZA is the best for the lakers and him – been there befor – that’s where he got his RING..

  • VillainKing

    Luol Deng is a good fit for Lakers..

  • rik

    i say get him for 3 years 24 million.
    ariza might be convinced to stay with the wizards and rudy gay will probably opt in his player option.

    • guest

      Deng turned down 3 years 30 mil with the bulls. That deal is low

      • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

        That was his mistake. No one will offer him that again. Not at almost 30 years old, a couple years into this CBA that values rookie scale players so much higher than good-but-not-great veterans, and no team who feels any sense of loyalty to him. 3 years, 24 million sounds about right to me.

  • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

    Deng is a perfect fit with Kobe, doesn’t command the ball in his hands to be effective, plays off the ball effectively, defends the best SF’s of the game, and has enough offense that opposing teams respect. I wouldn’t be surprised if FO trade the 7th pick for him on a sign and trade along with a second round pick or late first round.

    • Chrmngblly

      Why? Gordon could replace either Ariza or Deng or Gay for cheap. Not to mention Swaggy.

      • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

        Last time I check… Gordon is a rookie… that’s why…you won’t know if he is going to pan out alright or be a bust.

        No one thinks deeply these days… sigh….

        • Chrmngblly

          It is sure hard not to agree with that, based on these comments, anyway. The reason the Cavs aren’t hanging onto Deng is the same reason—they can replace him cheap with somebody better through the draft. Whatever Mitch does, he won’t pay top money.

        • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

          The point is this: Deng is 29 years old and hasn’t had the best health. He’ll soon be on the decline, and can probably be picked up in Free Agency.

          Why would the Lakers trade away their #7 overall pick (youth, potential, possibly a future great at PG or PF) for a man soon to be on the tail end of his career? Especially when you COULD extend him a contract offer instead.

          Why would Deng do a sign and trade? Only reason would be for $, but sign and trades do one thing in a situation like this: They hurt the team you’re about to be playing for.

          If the Lakers had a guy with a similar contract, and wanted to move him to make cap space for Deng, I’d get it. But we don’t. So we’d have to trade young assets and draft picks, which hurts our future stock (decreasing the odds of Deng winning much by coming here).

          • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

            29yo is still at peak… Deng is a proven veteran, you will never know if a 7th pick will even be as good as Deng… to be honest, if Deng plays for the Lakers and the Cavs is offering the 7th pick to acquire his services, along with our late first round pick, I’d raise my eyebrows… I understand we have all our biases, but common, be objective at least. Deng is a seasoned veteran that is still at the peak of his game. He is a career 16-6-3 guy. how many players would you trade for a 7th pick with that kind of performance?

          • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

            Sign him to a 3 years deal worth 25M, then trade him for our pick… that will work.

          • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

            Why do you insist we give up our pick? Deng is a FREE AGENT. He can be had for NO TRADE. Why would we trade for a player we COULD just sign outright?

          • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

            you are right, but there is no rule that he cannot be had through a sign and trade, but Cavs must give additional asset, maybe a late first round pick… i think I said that in my comment. And I believe he is a restricted free agent… I could be wrong… if he is unrestricted, then we can do as you say.

          • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

            He is unrestricted, which I think might be where you were getting caught up.

          • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

            if he is unrestricted… no way we get him though S&T… I want to make that clear…. sorry for the confusion…

          • vdogg

            it’s absolutely asinine to trade the 7th overall pick for luol deng. come on, man. step your game up.

    • Coach’em UP

      crack is a hell of a drug why would you trade your future for a free agent am I missing something

      • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

        I clarified that up .. i thought Deng was a restricted FA…. he is indeed Unrestricted… ,my mistake…

  • Starvo

    If Lakers can pull this off in the summer i will be happy.Hire Lionel Hollins as coach.

    PG Marcus Smart/Lance Stephenson
    SG Kobe/Lance Stephenson
    SF Luol Deng/Lance Stephenson
    PF Carlos Boozer/Ed Davis
    C Pau Gasol

    • vdogg

      are you sending lance stephenson through a cloning machine or something?

      • Jack


  • gonk

    Beast lineup right here…Point Guard Darren Collinson,Shooting Guard Kobe,Small Forward Luol Deng Power Forward Kevin Love Center Pau Gasol

    • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

      A. How are we getting Collison and Love? Both would need to be traded for.

      B. Collison (2 million), Kobe (23 Million), Deng (probably 10 million) Love (16 Million), Gasol (Maybe we could get him for 15 Million).

      That starting line up alone puts us at 60 million, and we’d still need to sign role players in addition to the guys on our roster (Nash – 10 million for example). I don’t see that being good for the Lakers in the long haul, ESPECIALLY with the complete lack of defense on the inside from Gasol and Love.

      • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

        Collison will opt out this summer to become a free agent. Gasol will not be close to $15 million. I still think Nash could end up retiring this summer, and his $9.7 million would come off the books if it is approved as a medical retirement.

        • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

          From everything I’ve read, Nash is playing out the 2014-15 season. I also think I read something about him playing in too many games for a medical retirement (Max was 10 or something).

          Just also saw the headline about Collison opting out, but I still like Smart at the 1.

          As with my other comment, I don’t think re-signing Pau is best for the Lakers future (especially if we want any sort of interior defense.)

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            It’s tough to say how the league would rule on a Nash retirement if it came down to that. The Lakers could try to argue that the career-ending injury occurred in that Portland game in October 2012. If they could convince the league to use that date instead of the date of his last game, they could possibly have his salary excluded from the cap for the upcoming season. It’s a long shot, especially with Nash still attempting to come back and play next year, but it may be possible if Nash decides it’s not worth it.

            I absolutely think Pau can be part of a great Lakers team still if they can put some defensive talent around him–Deng and Gortat would be great additions IMO. Gasol, Gortat, Deng, Kobe, and Smart could be really good. Bring back Sacre, Kelly, Bazemore, Meeks, and Marshall, and the Lakers could “make some noise” in next year’s playoffs.

          • Chrmngblly

            I rather just buy Lowrey and grab Gordon for the 3/4 with our pick.

        • LAstory

          If Nash took a medical retirement, the Lakers will spread that 9.7 million out so that it wont effect 2016 cap…

      • nlruizjr

        Evan, I agree, I just SMH everytime I see a post full of these ridiculous options, what is it about 26mil they don’t understand ????

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  • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

    I’ve posted this a few times: What are the chances we sign Hollins, draft Smart, sign Deng, bring back Hill, Young, Bazemore, Johnson, Kelly. We’d have a 2014-15 line up looking something like:

    PG: Nash, Smart, Marshall (Maybe Farmar or Meeks)
    SG: Bryant, Bazemore
    SF: Deng, Johnson, Young
    PF: Kelly, Hill
    C: ?, Sacre

    Seeing Smart, Young and Hill come in with the second unit could provide a serious spark off the bench. Hill and Smart with the intensity, defense and rebounds, Young with the scoring.

    We could sign a serviceable vet like Jermaine O’Neal, Frye, maybe even look into Okafor for a 1-year deal. That would allow us to drop below the luxury mark this season (killing the repeater penalty, if I’m not mistaken), and go after Asik in 2015, and bring in Love as well. Then, to start the 2015 season, we COULD potentially look like

    PG: Smart, Farmar
    SG: Bryant, Bazemore
    SF: Deng, Johnson, Young
    PF: Love, Kelly, Hill
    C: Asik, Sacre

    If we bring in Love, we’re going to need a C who can play some D. Asik fits the bill (as will Marc Gasol, but he might be too expensive). If we can’t snag Love, then Gasol, DeAndre Jordan might be options at C, and we’d have some room for maybe a Klay Thompson at SG or something)

    • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

      If we get Hollins as coach.. I would want to retain Pau Gasol at center,

      Smart, Farmar
      Kobe, Bazemore
      Deng, Young, Henry
      Hill, Kelly
      Gasol, Sacre
      Or if Kelly really show progress this summer. we can start him over Hill at PF.

      I would let go of Wes Johnson, he lacks the heart to be a laker.

      • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

        Pau was paid nearly 20 million this season. If he takes even 15 million, that could put the Lakers above the luxury tax threshold for the second season in a row and would hit us with the repeater tax. (Would need to do some number crunching, though.) He is also 33 and a poor, poor defender.

        In addition, do we give Pau multiple years? If so, the chances of us bringing in Love take a hit. Love + Pau = One super poor defensive front court. That would drive me, and a coach like Hollins, absolutely nuts. That would be a lot of money tied up in three players (Kobe 25 million, Love maybe 20-25 million, Pau 15-20 million). A lot.

        Signing a serviceable center now won’t lead us deep into the playoffs (or even get us there), but it WILL set the Lakers up to bring in a guy like Asik next year to play along side a potential FA signing in Love.

        This is a 2-3 year rebuild that can contend, yet also leave us in a good position for the Post-Kobe era.

        • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

          Kevin Love’s max salary in 2015-16 will be around $16.5 million. I cannot imagine any team offering Pau more than $10 million, and I think he will actually be closer to $8 million (partially guaranteed).

          • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

            Ah, well that would definitely help with the salary issue. I still stand by my opinion that we need to move on from Pau. He was amazing for us, but age has caught up to him. If we bring in Love, we NEED a defensive presence in the middle. (I think we need one any way, but still)

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            I agree that the two probably would not be a good idea to play together, but it is highly unlikely that the Lakers could acquire Love without sign-and-trading Gasol as part of the deal anyway. I love Kevin Love, but I really don’t think he is the answer to fixing the Lakers. I say hold off on him for now and build a solid roster this summer. Just wait and see what happens with Love.

          • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

            I don’t support trading for Love this season. I do support trying to sign him as a free agent.

          • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

            Agree… Pau cannot be a 15M guy anymore… at 10M or lower and a longer contract… i think will work for Pau.

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            And a no-trade clause

        • LAstory

          Deng wants 15 mil a year…

          • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

            Where have you seen that? I’ve read that his injury history has hurt his chances of a big contract. He’s making what, 14 now? Sure it might be a stretch but I think the Lakers could get him into the 10-12/yr range.

          • LAstory

            I read it in the Chicago Times… Deng was coming to the end of his contract and wanted to re-up for 15 million for 5 years… he was making 14 this year… Chicago traded him because they didn’t want to pay that with his back and his Achilles and the minutes he’s played and ware and tare on his body… Cleveland not going after him because he and his agent aren’t moving from that number…. at 29 years old this will be his last chance for a big contract and seems determined to get it from someone… and I agree Evan, 10-12 range and if the Lakers make the right moves with other players it could even prolong his career not playing so many minutes… what sticks with me is when Kobe was thinking about going to play with the Bulls he said he wanted to play with Deng.. yet the Lakers wanted Deng and another player with that trade of Kobe… Kobe may get his wish..

        • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

          Yes, he was close to 20M… but that doesn’t mean team are going to sign him close to that contract…. with his declining agility, teams will be weary and will probably offer him close to 10M… but we never know…Pau is still one of the best skilled big men in the game today… if he can get into a right system where his defensive liability can be compensated by players around him… he will still be very very good.

  • Luis

    Luol Deng is the perfect Lionel Hollins type player and great defensive player willing to sacrifice for the team and a hard worker.Yes if the Lakers can get Luol Deng and if Lionel Hollins gets hired as the Lakers coach then Luol Deng becomes more of a need at that point.A coaches dream is Luol Deng.Great motor,tough ya.

  • Coach’em UP

    If we can only trade Steve Nash to the raps for a second round pick and one of there D-league prospect plus a Drake halftime show Mitch Kupchak would go down as the greatest GM in history

  • TronDurden

    C Gasol 9
    PF Hill 3.0
    SF Deng 10
    SG Kobe 23.5
    PG Smart 3.6
    Nash 9.7
    Farmer 2.4
    Young MLE
    Sacre .9
    Marshall .9
    R. Kelly .6
    Total: 63

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