The Washington Wizards are among the teams to be in talks with the Cleveland Cavaliers over a possible deadline day trade for Luol Deng, according to sources cited by ESPN reporter Marc Stein.
Cleveland, who have had a disappointing season to date and recently fired general manager Chris Grant, only acquired the two-time All-Star in January in exchange for the contract of Andre Bynum and two future second-round draft picks.
However, with Thursday's deadline approaching, the British small forward's name began to surface in trade rumours with the Cavaliers presumably concerned that he would not re-sign with the team once he becomes a free agent this summer.
Although a seasoned campaigner and a significant locker room presence, Deng's value around the NBA was said to be questionable given his impending free agency and the fact that NBA rules stipulate that he can't be packaged with another player in any potential trade.
However, if those aforementioned reports are to be believed, it appears as if multiple teams could be on Deng's trail.
The Wizards, who currently lie fifth in the Eastern Conference with a record of 26-28, boast a talented young backcourt in the form of John Wall and Bradley Beal and could potentially do with the kind of savvy leadership that 28-year-old Deng will inevitably bring heading into what is likely to be their first playoff campaign since 2008.
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