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

Atlanta Hawks rumors: Luol Deng contract talks have been re-engaged


Now that LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony have decided where they want to play, the free agent pipeline is starting flow — sort of. Names like Pau Gasol and Lance Stephenson are starting to get talked about more and more, or int he case of Gasol start to sign, but not everyone is jumping at every offer that comes their way.

Luol Deng was a name that many were talking about well before free agency started, and it seems that he’s going to be the most talked about name heading though this weekend. So far the Miami Heat have had rather consistent interest in Deng and could end up offering him $10 million a season, but they’re not the only team interested.

Besides the Dallas Mavericks, the Atlanta Hawks have gotten back into the game and have re-engaged Deng in contract talks according to Adrian Wojnarowski from Yahoo! Sports.

The Hawks seemed to be out on Deng after their offers were coming in too low but this may end up being a power play by Deng’s agent to get more money out of Miami or Dallas. It’s possible that Atlanta is in play here, but Miami still makes the most sense for him and this could all end up leading to Deng getting more money with the Heat.

Tags: Atlanta Hawks Miami Heat NBA Free Agency

  • MichaelNupe Thompson

    Cool I would rather the heat get Bledsoe

    • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

      Me too just because he is so young and I think giving Ennis a bunch of playing time is a worthy gamble that would pay off in future seasons.

      While I want them to get Bledsoe, I think I might rather they go after Deng just because the process of offering him is lower risk.

      Here’s hoping they get both. =O

      • MichaelNupe Thompson

        Lol I’m with you. I just don’t think money wise it’ll work while also getting a competent center.

        • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

          Competent is relative. There are very few teams that don’t have a glaring weakness at some postition, so imo the goal with center needs to be to get SOMEONE so you can slide Bosh back to PF for the most part. You have a a lot more freedom to get a cheap center that “just takes up space” now that you don’t have to clear out both blocks for Wade and James.

          • MichaelNupe Thompson

            If they get Bledsoe along with deng who they just signed then Monroe is out of the question. Who would you recommend at center.

          • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

            oh god, at this point i don’t even know. Any idea what Okafor’s asking price is? You don’t even need someone that moves the needle. You just need a guy that can defend, block out, and score on a put back or two.

            Just allow Bosh to go back to his ideal role.

          • MichaelNupe Thompson

            I have no ideal. I don’t like this Chalmers signing I fill like they’re constructing the same team as last year minus LeBron which I have doubts about. But okafor didn’t play any last year so it shouldn’t be much

          • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

            Chalmers
            Wade
            James
            Haslem
            Bosh

            Chalmers
            Wade
            Deng
            McRoberts
            Bosh

            So small forward is a significant downgrade. Power forward is a significant upgrade. Cole should presumably be better than he was last year. Ennis/Granger should contribute at least as much as Allen/Beasley did.

            They definitely need to upgrade some more positions to be as good or better than last year’s team, but this is looking remarkably good for what they just lost.

            It will be fun to root for them to exceed expectations, something they haven’t been able to do since 2010.

          • MichaelNupe Thompson

            I Pray bosh doesn’t play center. That money they have him and with the expectations of being the number one guy he can’t excel doing that at center. He needs a center and hopefully mcroberts off the bench but with who we have I can see why you would put that lineup.still pissed at this Chalmers signing. Hope he’s a move that’s intended for something else.

          • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

            McRoberts actually outweighs Bosh by at least 15 pounds, so he would actually take some of the defensive pressure off of Bosh. Think of it this way: McRoberts and Bosh is effectively a bigger defensive front line than Birdman and Bosh, our “big” lineup from last year..

            I still get what you mean though. A four man rotation of Okafor, Bosh, Birdman, and McRoberts holds plenty of appeal.

          • MichaelNupe Thompson

            I have an ideal. What if they offer Bledsoe like around 10 to 12 mill and the suns don’t match. We would have around 3mill in cap if they can get rid of Chalmers. We also have bird rights on wade meaning we can go over the cap to sign wade. The luxury is 81 mill hopefully wade will still take a pay cut and we offer him like 12 to 24 mill. We would ‘ve over by like 10 mill and use the Mle on Jordan Crawford will bringing ennis to the roster and signing Halem to about 1.5 mill with the remaining on one two cheap centers.. Idk it’s just a thought but the wade and Bledsoe section was what I wanted to really state

          • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

            1) The Suns would match if only to keep him as a trade asset (no desirable options to use that much cap space on the free agent market).

            2) There is a cap hold at Wade’s old salary number until he signs his new deal. That means that Miami’s cap is effectively $43 million until they either sign Wade or waive his Bird rights.

          • MichaelNupe Thompson

            As yeah I forgot about that cap hold. Such a stupid rule. Idk I’m not liking these other moves. Team seems very close to last year.

          • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

            eh. Without cap holds you couldn’t have Bird rights without completely janking the salary cap.

          • MichaelNupe Thompson

            Well bird is back. I think this team is looking to similar to last year..

          • MichaelNupe Thompson

            I got numbers. Chalmers 2 years at 8 mill birdmanI 2 years at 10, mill. i got this from bleacher report

          • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

            Yeah. Mark Stein was reporting the same numbers. Don’t know how I feel about Birdman as size can just be exorbitantly expensive. Chalmers is a blatant overpay of market value unless they are willing to use him as trade bait at the deadline.

          • MichaelNupe Thompson

            I hope so. I’m honestly not liking some of these moves. Birdman was great to bring back but not at 5 mill. I will stick to not liking the Chalmers resigning. They said the heat were re tooling but with three new players and a coach who doesn’t know how to maximize talent. Idk hopefully ennis can bring new life and hopefully Napier gets out of his struggle mode he’s been in

          • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

            1) Ira Winderman was tweeting earlier that Birdman’s $5M can be given past the salary cap because of some wonkiness with the size of his previous contract and Bird rights.So I think that while they are paying him $5M, it is only counting about $2M against the cap. At least that is my optimistic interpretation of a fairly vague tweet.

            2) I don’t get this hate for Spoelstra. What talent has he failed to maximize? LeBron became a more effective player in Miami. He made Wade an off ball threat even though he can’t shoot. They came up with a defense that fully maximized their athleticism, and he transformed Bosh at the 5 from a weakness to a legitimate strength.

            So I guess I just don’t get what talent he supposedly hasn’t maximized. Cole? Feel like he is reaching his potential. Chalmers? His problems are internal, not coaching. Beasley? Minnesota and Phoenix both gave up on him too. Other than that, Miami just doesn’t do a whole lot of dirty work in the draft. I think the criticisms of Spoelstra are mostly unfair.

          • MichaelNupe Thompson

            Believe me I don’t have a hate for spoelstra. He’s a pretty nice guy. It’s just I recognize differences between his coaching and other coaches coaching. Beasley messed up with other teams because of off court issues. He didn’t have any that we are aware of with the heat. Spoelstra just stopped playing him because of his bad defense tiring out other players. I have more to say but my work break is over lol

          • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

            I meant “hate” as in over-criticism. Certainly wasn’t trying to imply your opinion was based on personal dislike.

            Gonna respectfully disagree with the Beasley thing. Those other teams were playing him in spite of his struggles in the hopes that he would get it together. He was productive at Minnesota, but there are a lot of players that put up points without contributing to wins. No one is leaping to pursue Beasley right now in spite of him not having any issues last year. If noone is willing to offer him $2.5M when he has proven he can score 15+ ppg, the other issues are legitimate.

          • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

            Have you seen a number on Chalmers yet? Could you really argue about adding a guy who is better than any point guard currently on the roster for between $2 and $3 million?

          • MichaelNupe Thompson

            No I haven’t seen it. Imma just say I’m not a Chalmers fan first. Second the money could’ve went to Bledsoe or Nelson who are both upgrades over Chalmers

          • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

            I’m very comfortable saying that there is 0% chance they get Bledsoe at this point. There just isn’t the money after Bosh, Deng, Wade, and McRoberts.

            You never know. Nelson may still be an option at the vet min if they swing a trade for Cole.