The Miami Heat are still reeling from losing LeBron James during the 2014 offseason and it looks like the South Florida franchise, currently sitting on a 15-20 record, could be set to lose another star man if reports today are to be believed.
With just over a month to go before the February NBA trade deadline it has emerged that the Memphis Grizzlies are keen to pursue a trade for Luol Deng - one of the men brought in with the hope of filling Miami's huge LeBron-shaped hole this season.
ESPN are claiming the Grizzlies are "intent on upgrading their wing rotation" and they have apparently set their sights on the British NBA star. There is speculation that the Heat may be willing to play ball too despite the fact that Deng only arrived at the American Airlines Arena last July.
Only six months into Deng's $19.9 million, two-year deal it would seem an odd move for the Miami Heat to give up on the former Bulls and Cavaliers man so early but the 2014-15 NBA season is setting up to be an unusual one for the franchise.
Struggling for consistency and well behind their usual game-winning pace Miami are faced with a dilemma. If their front office don't feel the team is capable of making a play at the title this year then they may opt to take an appealing trade offer from Memphis. After all, after years of success Eric Spoelstra's team are lacking in trade assets and draft picks at present.
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It appears that the Grizzlies are willing to promise a number of future draft picks as well as the expiring contract of Tayshaun Price (worth $7.7 million) to get Deng to Memphis but they have another name on their radar too.
Boston Celtics small forward Jeff Green has been identified as another player capable of boosting the Grizzlies as they look to tool up for the Western Conference run in.
What do you think Miami fans? Is it a wise move to let Luol Deng go, or would that be admitting defeat for this season? Let us know in the comments section below...