HoopsHype Luol Deng rumors

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Hawks' forward Elton Brand, a good friend of Deng, said he was prepared to do whatever was necessary. "I was prepared to take a stand, Brand said. "I didn't know if I should be an activist or an advocate or what to do." Brand said Deng expressed his desire to move on, so Brand did the same. Now the Hawks will try and move forward and put a tumultuous offseason behind them. "I feel like we've moved forward already" center Al Horford said. "The situation came about, we met as a team, all our guys came together and we understood that whatever happened, happened." 11Alive.com WXIA TV

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Miami Heat forward Luol Deng just wants to move on. He found himself at the center of an unfortunate situation when Atlanta Hawks General Manager Danny Ferry made some racially insensitive remarks about Deng earlier this month. After expressing anger, Deng has since forgiven Ferry. The two recently talked about the remarks. "I think one of the hardest things to do as a human being and something that we should do more often is forgive," Deng said Friday during Heat media day at AmericanAirlines Arena. "I do forgive Danny. It's not something I want to hold onto for the rest of my career or for the rest of my life." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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Because of the return of infighting in the Hawks' multi-tiered ownership group, the leaks did not stop with the "African" comment. Audio later was released to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution with additional Ferry comments about Deng on that conference call with the team's owners, which also apparently were forwarded from other scouting reports: "He can come out and be an unnamed source for a story and two weeks later come out and say, 'That was absolutely not me. I can't believe someone said that.' But talking to reporters, you know it's him. He could be a lawyer in the locker room when the coach is not around. But when the coach is around, could be the greatest guy in the world." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The scout said he does not expect Deng's image to take a hit, certainly a concern for the forward, with Deng in position to become a free agent next summer due to the opt-out clause in his contract. "All I know is one of their coaches was just ecstatic about him, coaching him," the scout said of a member of the Chicago Bulls' staff. "And I have to assume that's not just because of his ability. The coaching staff was big on him and I think that's more than just the fact that he was good player. I haven't heard anything negative. All I've heard is positive from their coaching staff." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

So in describing what kind of investment Deng would be for the Hawks, Ferry didn't say a word about his wing defense or his offensive rebounding, or even what kind of fit he would be with the various talents on the roster or with the coaching staff. Instead, his scouting report -- prepared from multiple sources, including former teammates and yes, ballboys, according to a league source -- read more like a psychological profile filled with loosely verified gossip and innuendo. In this way, in the tabloid culture of the NBA and pro sports in general, it was no different than any other scouting report or, frankly, most of the sports coverage you read or watch on TV. CBSSports.com

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