The Cleveland Cavaliers are one of two teams who are reportedly expressing high levels of interest in Chicago Bulls small forward Luol Deng.
ESPN’s Marc Stein reports that the Cavaliers join the Washington Wizards as teams who could potentially acquire the All-Star small forward. The Wizards, owner of the No. 3 pick, would reportedly have to move it to Chicago along with center Emeka Okafor due to salary-matching reasons.
While there is no word on what, if anything, the Cavaliers have offered Chicago for Deng’s services, acquiring the swingman would provide at least a one-year upgrade at the small forward position. Given that the Wizards would be trading away the No. 3 pick, and the Cavaliers have reportedly received calls regarding their No. 1 selection, it is not far-fetched to imagine that the first-overall pick is in play. The team has also reportedly been in talks for Boston small forward Paul Pierce.
Deng, 28, is coming off of a solid season where he averaged 16.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game for the Bulls. In the last year of his contract, Deng is set to make $14.3 million. The notoriously tight Bulls have dangled his name out in the trade market for several seasons, but have yet to execute a deal.