Report: Luol Deng won't commit to extension, unlikely to be traded
Luol Deng has been the subject of NBA trade deadline rumors, but the Cavaliers forward is unlikely to be traded because he won't commit to a long-term extension with any team before becoming a free agent in July, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reports.
According to the report, willing trade partners -- the Pacers, Mavericks and Pistons have been linked to Deng -- are likely to lose interest without some sign from Deng that he will sign an extension and not just be a late-season rental. Deng could be anticipating a free-agent deal worth $12 million to $13 million a year.
Cleveland, which acquired Deng for Andrew Bynum and draft picks last month, could offer him a five-year extension with annual raises. Deng, though, reportedly has not been happy with the Cavs' team culture.
From Yahoo! Sports:
Deng is determined to investigate free agency in July before making a decision to stay with Cleveland, sources said.
Cleveland has tried to get a sense of Deng's openness to re-signing this summer, and Deng has expressed a willingness to consider the possibility, league sources said. Deng has yet to play at a high level in Cleveland, where he's found a young team in flux, a significant contrast from the structure and stability of the Chicago Bulls.
Deng reportedly is high on the Lakers' and Mavs' lists of free-agent targets this summer, but Wojnarowski cites league sources who doubt the Lakers will commit the salary cap space required to woo him to L.A.
The Mavs, a possible free-agent destination for Luol Deng, have called the Cavs about a possible trade, league source says.
— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) February 19, 2014
Dallas, though, lacks the necessary assets to get Cleveland engaged in any serious talks. — Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) February 19, 2014