HoopsHype Luol Deng rumors

February 20, 2014 Updates

Deng admitted that UK Sport's controversial decision to cut funding was part of his motivation in opening the academy in Brixton. Basketball saw it's funding cut by the sporting body just 18 months after the London Olympics, but UK Sport decided it couldn't justify the ongoing expenditure given basketball's slim medal prospects. Deng spent his formative years in Brixton after moving to England from Sudan before heading to the United States to pursue his dream of becoming a professional basketball player in the NBA. The Daily Express

Mark Woods: Luol Deng will launch his an Academy this summer in Brixton, aimed at local youth and including a programme with mentoring in life skills. Twitter @markbritball

February 19, 2014 Updates

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. Yahoo! Sports

Joe Kotoch: Cavs exploring deals for Luol Deng is more about due diligence. While front office not sure if he'd resign feeling is that he'd sign & trade Twitter @Probballdraft

As they evaluate their team and try to make a deal to help them get into the playoffs, the Cleveland Cavaliers are making recently acquired Luol Deng available ahead of Thursday's trade deadline, multiple league sources told ESPN.com. The Cavs traded three future draft picks and Andrew Bynum to the Chicago Bulls to acquire Deng on Jan. 7. But the deal hasn't yet worked out how either side hoped. ESPN.com

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. ESPN.com

The Cavs, according to sources, are concerned about their ability to re-sign Deng this offseason, as he'll be an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career. Several teams with cap space, including the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks, are expected to be interested in signing Deng. ESPN.com

February 16, 2014 Updates

Deng’s name hasn’t come up very much in trade rumors recently, but that’s likely to change in the days to come. As Griffin tries to put his own fingerprints on the Cavaliers, rival executives believe that his best move would be trading away the team’s veterans and trying to land a top pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. The Cavaliers aren’t going anywhere this season, so why not try to pick high in the draft again, this time with a new decision-maker making the selection? It’s unfortunate for Deng because no player likes being traded, and it may happen to him twice in a six-week span. Basketball Insiders

If one of those teams were to acquire Deng at some point in the next week, it would not only bolster their roster for the remainder of this season, it would also give them an edge over other teams when it comes to signing him to a long-term deal this July. If Deng is traded again, his new team will acquire his Bird rights and be able to offer him more money than any other team in the league when he’s a free agent this offseason. Having a player’s Bird rights doesn’t guarantee that the player will re-sign (look at Deng and Cleveland, after all), but it is an additional benefit of trading for Deng prior to the deadline. Basketball Insiders

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