HoopsHype Luol Deng rumors

February 13, 2014 Updates

Rose said he contacted Deng, texted Deng and friends of Deng and said he has fond memories of Deng back to when he enjoyed watching him while Rose was a high school player in Chicago. But Rose said he also understood the business nature of the sport. “My feelings go out to him and his family,” said Rose. “I wish him nothing but the best.” Bulls.com

February 12, 2014 Updates

In the end, the Cavaliers used Bynum's contract and first-round picks to trade for Chicago's Luol Deng. To keep Deng in free agency this summer, the Cavaliers will probably have to exceed his market value. Letting Deng walk would be too embarrassing, considering how steep a price they paid to acquire him. Deng is a relentlessly positive person, but he hates losing and will be a premium free-agent target for several contending franchises. Yahoo! Sports

February 7, 2014 Updates

That's right: What was supposed to be a season exciting enough to make LeBron James think seriously about leaving Miami to come back to the Cavs has descended into such farce that sources close to the situation are already saying that there's little-to-no chance Deng will agree to stay once he hits free agency. ESPN.com

February 3, 2014 Updates

Deng sees a team that tries to play the same way regardless of the personnel on the floor. He doesn’t think the players do a good enough job of identifying mismatches and exploiting them. “Right now as a team, we can be any five on the floor and we still want to do the same things. It can’t be that way,” Deng said. “You have to play to your personnel on the floor. I think that comes with maturity. I don’t think anyone is not doing it on purpose, but it’s something we’ve got to learn.” Akron Beacon Journal

February 1, 2014 Updates

Deng has seen how a team mired in losing since LeBron James left town wrongly caters to its young star players, even as they continue to undermine head coach Mike Brown at almost every turn. In Chicago, where Deng broke in and played nine-plus seasons, there is a winning culture where players are expected to act like professionals and understand that they will suffer the consequences if they step out of line. As Deng recently told one close friend, “the stuff going on in practice would never be tolerated by the coaching staff or the front office back in Chicago. It’s a mess." New York Daily News

Deng was brought in to help clean it up when he arrived in a deal for Andrew Bynum on Jan. 7. But since then, he’s seen players get thrown out of practice, take off their uniform tops at halftime and threaten not to play, mouth off to Brown and generally act like spoiled brats. Entering Saturday’s game at Houston, the Cavs had lost seven of their last 11 games since the Deng trade. There is no accountability, as Dion Waiters found out when he was kicked out of practice last week but still got his usual minutes against the Knicks. New York Daily News

January 31, 2014 Updates
January 27, 2014 Updates

"I'll be honest with you, and I really want to put Chicago behind me, but me and Joakim (Noah) weren't so nice to each other on the court if one of us didn't play hard," Deng said. "And it made us better friends, and play harder. The same with Derrick (Rose). We knew when Derrick didn't play defense. As good as he is, even his MVP year, if he didn't play defense, we all said, 'Yo, you're not playing defense. You've got to step it up.' I think guys here are young, but I think they'll realize that you're only as good as the guy next to you. It's never personal. I've never had an issue with a guy telling me I'm not giving it my all on the court. My first 2-3 years in the league, did I know this stuff? No. But I had good vets who did the stuff I'm trying to do now, and it paid off for me. That's what I'm trying to do now." Cleveland Plain Dealer

Two opposing general managers this season have told me they think Irving is pouting. Over what is anyone’s guess. Jarrett Jack hasn’t been the locker room enforcer he was supposed to be. Luol Deng should help, but he just arrived and may not be here past April. That has left Mike Brown trying to keep everyone in his “circle” despite what has been a disappointing season. Akron Beacon Journal

January 25, 2014 Updates

The Cavs’ best chance to sign Deng would be to sign him to an extension during the season. However, league sources indicate that Deng might not be interested in doing that. The Cavs will have to overpay him. He turned down a three-year, $30 million deal from the Bulls before they traded him. What if the Cavs offered a three-year, $36 million deal? Would he consider it? If he reaches free agency, some believe the Cavs’ odds to signing him drop considerably. The Bulls could conceivably re-sign him this summer. News-Herald

January 23, 2014 Updates

‘‘I don’t know,’’ Deng said sarcastically. ‘‘Maybe they’ll offer me three years, $30 million. That might be an option to take.’’ That was the offer Deng walked away from several days before the Bulls made the decision to trade him. Deng eventually answered without the sarcasm. ‘‘I can’t say,’’ he said. ‘‘There’s no bad blood or anything. For me to sit here and say I’m taking Chicago out of the equation, that’s stupid. I was there for 10 years.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

Derrick Rose traveled but did not sit on the bench. Thibodeau mentioned in his postgame comments that Rose has started shooting. Rose also found out he landed a spot in the pool of 25 to 30 players for Team USA 2014-16 that will be announced Thursday. “I love that kid,” former teammate Luol Deng said. “He works so hard. … He has a chance to make something amazing out of (his story) and I think he will.” Chicago Tribune

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