Mar 30, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward Luol Deng (9) runs during a game against the Indiana Pacers at Quicken Loans Arena. Cleveland won 90-76. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Dallas Mavericks interested in Luol Deng

The Dallas Mavericks added a few nice pieces to their team last offseason, including guard Monta Ellis, but didn’t make the big splash they wanted. With cap space available, they will try again this year.

The Mavericks want to make a big move to acquire a star like Miami Heat forward LeBron James, Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love or New York Knicks’ forward Carmelo Anthony, but none of those options seem all that realistic.

Kevin Sherrington of The Dallas Morning News believes that adding a player like Deng could be better for the Mavericks anyway.

“I think you go to somebody like that, he gives you things that you need because I don’t think that Shawn Marion’s coming back. This is a guy who is a good small forward, a good two-way forward, he plays defense. This is like a younger version of Marion that you’d be getting here. I think it’s absolutely imperative they get a guy like that. You probably wouldn’t have to give him a max contract and I think that he’d be perfect. And I think if we’ve learned anything from the Spurs, it’s that you find the pieces that fit just for you. Don’t be worried about a Carmelo Anthony, I think that’s such an old-time thinking in the NBA is to think that we’ve got to have two superstars or three superstars to really win. I don’t think you always need that. I think you’ve got to have some really good parts that fit together really well, then you see how far you can go.”

Deng averaged 16.0 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.0 steals per game for the Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls last night.

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  • AdamBryan

    He played for the Cavs AND Bulls in one night? Very impressive

  • Shedrick Garrett

    Mav’s need to trade Calderon and Wright to New York for Chandler. Your defense becomes better because all your centers will be good defensive players. Chandler starts. Dalembert and Blair Sub. You will have a great center tandem for your bench. Plus you have Tyson Chandlers 14 million dollar contract expiring to have more money to add even better pieces in 2015. Then you sign Lou Deng to start. Now you have defense at three starting positions cause Devin Harris should start. Your starters and back ups
    PG Harris -Larkin Ellis, Mekel
    SG Ellis – Carter, Ellington, Ledo
    SF Lou Deng – Marion, Crowder
    PF Dirk – Deng
    C- Chandler – Dalembert, Blair, James

    This bench tandem would be the best in the league. Your offense will take a small hit but your defense will become a factor teams can’t ignore.