Considering the source, former ESPN scribe and current Comcast ‘insider’ Ric Bucher, this should be taken with a heavy grain of salt (or several) but according to a report the Cleveland Cavaliers have interest in trading for Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng.
League source: three veterans who are candidates to be in deals leading up to, or during NBA draft are the Bulls’ Luol Deng, Pacers’ Danny Granger and Blazers’ Lamarcus Aldridge. The Cavs apparently have interest in Deng and he certainly would be a terrific role model and leader-by-example for a young squad; the Cavs also have a gaping hole at that position and if they have interest in vying for a playoff spot next season, a rookie out of this draft isn’t going to move them appreciably closer.
Bucher can tend to get a bit ‘out there’ on his trade reports and this really isn’t much different.
Deng will be entering the final year of his hefty contract, so it’s not as if the Bulls are trying to ditch his salary and it’s unlikely the Cavaliers would offer anything of substance to the Bulls. Add in that the Bulls would be shipping Deng to a division rival and it seems even less likely.