It’s possible that Cleveland Cavaliers small forward Luol Deng will be traded (again) before the NBA’s trade deadline on Thursday, which will be of interest to the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks.
No, the Lakers and Mavericks aren’t expected to trade for the the veteran, but they are expected to pursue him at season end when he becomes a free agent, this according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.
Several teams with cap space, including the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks, are expected to be interested in signing Deng.
Whatever team Deng finishes the season with (be it the Cavaliers or elsewhere) will own his Bird Rights, meaning that team can offer Deng more money and more years in a contract than anybody else, though it’s possible Deng may want to play for a winner which could give Dallas and Los Angeles a bit of an advantage.
Regardless, the Cavaliers (or any acquiring team) know keeping Deng on their team at season end isn’t going to be easy as he’s to be one of the premier available free agents this offseason.