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.
Atlanta is re-engaged on Luol Deng, who has continued deal talks with Miami today, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 13, 2014
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.