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