ESPN.com’s Brian Windhorst reports on Wednesday that the Cavaliers have been testing the market for small forward Luol Deng. The Cavs are reportedly motivated by the idea of getting something of value for Deng before he hits the free agent market.
Cleveland isn’t determined to trade Deng, but with his impending free agency a concern, new general manager David Griffin is testing the market to see what the veteran forward might bring.
Getting value for Deng may be a challenge because his contract expires in June. He cannot be packaged with another Cavs player in a deal due to trade rules, though trades can be structured in a way to get around this issue if the sides are motivated enough.
The Cavaliers have won five games in a row, with Deng averaging 12 points in the four games he played in. Deng’s contract is for just over $14 million this season. He will be an unrestricted free agent after the current season.
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