Feb 11, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers small forward Luol Deng (9) shoots against Sacramento Kings shooting guard Marcus Thornton (23) in the third quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Interest in Luol Deng expected to heat up

The Cleveland Cavaliers acquired Luol Deng from the Chicago Bulls in hopes of turning their season around.

Although the Cavaliers have won their last four games, the likelihood of them making any noise in the postseason, if they can even get their, is quite low.

Despite the struggles, they haven’t really entertained offers for Deng, who will become a free agent in the offseason.

According to Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders, that should change soon.

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.

Deng is averaging 17.2 points, 6.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game.

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