Yes, those are the names, among others, that have received the most interest in the early free agency period. Deng, who is coming off a season in which he was traded from the Bulls to the Cleveland Cavaliers midway through the season, is a veteran that can get a team over the hump and change a team from being a potential contender, to a contender.
Luol Deng makes on-court sense for almost every team in the league. Selfless player, defends hard, moves without the ball.
— Dan Woike (@DanWoikeSports) July 1, 2014
In total, the Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls have all expressed interest in the 29-year-old forward.
Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski adds that Pat Riley personally reached out to Deng on behalf of the Heat.
Luol Deng is right there in the popularity contest: I'm told Miami, Dallas, Atlanta, Lakers, Clippers and Chicago have registered interest.
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) July 1, 2014
Deng averaged 16 points and six rebounds as a member of the Chicago Bulls and the Cleveland Cavaliers last season. If Deng could find himself a nice little home on a contender, he could end up being the steal of this offseason.
And from the teams that have already shown interest in Deng, he’ll have a handful of quality teams to pick from.