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NBA Trade Rumor: Cavaliers shopping Luol Deng?

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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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  • mgbode

    we should be testing the waters with all players not named Irving. it never hurts to listen though I doubt we make another major move.

  • Harv 21

    Deng looks like he’s more hurt than anyone’s letting on. Looks like he’s hustling but not really exploding or elevating. Someone may want a nice “glue guy” but can’t imagine what salary-matching player we’d get in return would look like if the trade partner wants Deng instead.

  • RGB

    He’s hurting on the inside. 🙁

  • RGB

    I would love to keep Deng.
    Just imagine in 2014, Irving, Deng, LeBron…
    (Runs and hides…)

  • cmm13

    OF COURSE WE HAVE TO SHOP DENG… HOW ELSE WOULD BE MAKE ROOM FOR LEBRON’S RETURN.
    #overenthusiasticclevelandsportstakeoftheday

  • Steve

    Only if Deng is taking a big paycut and we dump Varejao.

  • RGB

    LeBronaThon 2014!