NBA Trade News: Luol Deng for Josh Smith or Danny Granger Swap Being Explored; Cavaliers Could Send Forward to Pacers, Mavs or Pistons
By Lou Ramon Aguila | February 20, 2014 6:47 PM EST
The Indiana Pacers are reportedly interested to trade for Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star small forward Luol Deng before the trade deadline, multiple sources reported on Wednesday.
"Forward Luol Deng's reluctance to commit to a long-term extension with any team before July free agency makes it unlikely that the Cleveland Cavaliers can find a willing trade partner before Thursday's NBA deadline," Yahoo Sports reported.
Deng during his time with the Chicago Bulls
Already boasting the toughest defense in the NBA, the Pacers are looking to add more punch to their offense by acquiring Deng, who is averaging 17.1 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game this season.
The Cavaliers previously acquired Deng after sending disgruntled center Andrew Bynum and drafts pick to the Chicago Bulls in January. However, there are reports the All-Star forward is not interest to commit a long-term deal with the Cavs, prompting the team's front office to shop him before he hits free-agency this summer.
The Pacers, who coincidentally already acquired Bynum, are among the teams rumoured to be interested in trading for Deng. Indiana has been shopping small forward Danny Granger and could still send some future draft picks to sweeten up the deal.
The Dallas Mavericks and Detroit Pistons are two other teams that expressed interest on Deng. The Mavs are currently in the thick of the Western Conference playoff race, while the Pistons are looking to re-tool their roster after last summer's acquisition Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings fail to live up their hypes.
"The Cavaliers have had conversations with several teams, including Dallas, Detroit and Indiana about Deng, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Nevertheless, there's no traction on a deal and no team seems inclined to give up valuable assets for a player who could walk away in free agency," the site added.
The Mavs might have no enticing talents to woo the Cavs. On the other hand, the Pistons have tons of talents to work out a deal. The Cavs previously showed interest in getting Smith last summer, and it won't be a stretch to see J-Smoove playing alongside Kyrie Irving for the remainder half of the season.
Young center Greg Monroe is another player that could be dealt to Cavs, who are looking to acquire a solid interior presence after their Bynum experiment ended up as a disaster.
To contact the editor, e-mail:
Most Popular Slideshows
- Taylor Swift Named Forbes' Second Highest Paid Country Musician [PHOTOS]
- Forever Lost: Indescribable Anguish for Malaysia Airlines MH17 Families, Remains of Some Victims May Never Be Found (PHOTOS)
- Global Aviation Accidents: UN to Form Safety Task Force, Gov'ts Should Share Intelligence Info to Avert Future Incidents on Flying Over Warzones (PHOTOS)
- Lunch with the Gods: Pope Francis Eats with Vatican Workers in Cafeteria
Join the Conversation
- Jeremy Lin, Chandler Parsons React To 'Role Players' Label By James Harden
- 2014 Commonwealth Games Medal Tally: Games are Through Day 5 and Australia Continues to Dominate Count; Day 5 Highlights
- Roger Federer Not That Good If Different Surfaces Were To Exist – Giles Simon
- Jeremy Lin Should Be Ready to Start for Los Angeles Lakers as Steve Nash Confirms Retirement
- Dan Bilzerian Opens Up to Howard Stern, Poker Pro Admits He Once Had Sex with 16 Women in 12 Days
- Transfer News: Ron Vlaar to Consider Villa Exit, May Move to Tottenham
- AS Roma's Seydou Keita Throws Water Bottle at Real Madrid defender Pepe for Spitting [VIDEO]
- The Mentalist Season 7 Spoilers: CBS Skips Simon Baker's Patrick Jane in Fall Schedule, Josie Loren Joins Cast
- Game of Thrones Season 5 Update: Maisie Williams Talks Arya Stark, Lady Stoneheart, and Surprises
- Transfer News: FC Barcelona, Man Utd to Compete for Juan Cuadrado's Signature as Fiorentina Reveal Willingness to Sell