Concerned about re-signing him, Cavs have been testing trade market for Luol Deng ahead of deadline, multiple sources told ESPN.
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) February 19, 2014
Deng, 28, has been been open about his displeasure with the Cavaliers management and it is highly unlikely that he would re-sign in Cleveland after this season when he becomes a free agent. So here’s the question: Would the Los Angeles Lakers be interested in acquiring Deng, who would likely re-sign with the Lakers if they extended him an offer?
The Lakers will likely be intrigued by the idea of signing Deng in the offseason, regardless. However, if the Lakers could trade Pau Gasol to the Cavaliers and get Deng AND a pick back they would certainly do the deal right now. The Cavaliers just gave up a pick to acquire Deng so it would be highly unlikely that the would trade away another pick to acquire Gasol, who would not be a lock to re-sign. The Lakers are barred by NBA rules from trading their 2014 first round pick due to the fact that they already traded away their 2015 first round pick in the Steve Nash trade.
A one for one Deng for Gasol swap wouldn’t work due to NBA rules so the Lakers would have to get creative in taking back additional contracts. L.A. is uninterested in acquiring any player whose contact does not expire at the end of this season. That would leave C.J. Miles as the only candidate that could come back from the Cavaliers in any sort of deal for Gasol.