It appears as though the Clevealdn Cavaliers are more anxious to trade forward Luol Deng than most initially thought.
Not only have the Cavaliers dropped their asking price for the talented defensive stopper, but they are in talks with the Washington Wizards about sending Deng to D.C.
#Cavs have discussed Luol Deng with Wizards in a deal for Trevor Ariza, source tells ABJ
— Jason Lloyd (@JasonLloydABJ) February 20, 2014
The Cavs have shifted away from trying to secure a first-round pick for Luol Deng and are scanning the market for a veteran, sources say.
— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) February 20, 2014
Although it usually isn’t a surprise to see a team on the outside of the playoffs looking in, but the 22-33 Cavaliers just traded for Deng in early January and have won their last five games.
The Wizards, who have acquired point guard Andre Miller from the Denver Nuggets by sending forward Jan Vesely to the Nuggets and point guard Eric Maynor to the Philadelphia 76ers, look serious about attempting to not only secure a playoff spot, but advancing past the first round.
Deng is averaging 17.1 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game this season while Ariza is putting up 14.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game.