Report: Cavs entertaining offers for forward Luol Deng
The Luol Deng experiment in Cleveland has not worked, and the Cavaliers are reportedly shopping the 28-year-old before Thursday’s trade deadline, sources told ESPN.com’s Brian Windhorst on Wednesday.
Cleveland is uncertain it will be able to re-sign Deng this offseason, when he’ll be a free agent.
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“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 Cavs traded three draft picks and Andrew Bynum (who was subsequently waived) to the Bulls on Jan. 7 to get Deng, who they hoped would help them make their first playoff appearance since LeBron James left in 2010.
Cleveland fired general manager Chris Grant on Feb. 6, and they are only 8-10 with Deng in the lineup. But the Cavs have won five straight to pull within three games of the Bobcats for the final playoff spot in the East.
Deng is averaging 14.6 points per game with Cleveland, his lowest total since the 2008-2009 season, and his minutes, rebounds, assists and field-goal percentage have all dipped since the trade.
Concerned about re-signing him, Cavs have been testing trade market for Luol Deng ahead of deadline, multiple sources told ESPN.
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) February 19, 2014