This off-season, the Los Angeles Lakers are expected to be players in free agency to turn their fortunes around for the 2014-2015 season.
Luol Deng began the year with the Chicago Bulls before being dealt to the Cleveland Cavaliers earlier this season. He will be a free agent this off-season and will likely command a big contract for his services.
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According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN, Deng will have a few teams after him and the Lakers could be one of them:
Several teams with cap space, including the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks, are expected to be interested in signing Deng.
It has also been reported that the Cavaliers are listening to offers for Deng because of their concerns to re-sign him. The Lakers have not been in any trade talks for the 28-year-old forward, but their interest may come after the season is over. With all but a few contracts coming off the books after this season, the Lakers will have enough money for at least one big-name free agent.
Many believe that they will pursue Carmelo Anthony, although his style of play may clash with Kobe Bryant. Deng would offer a better-fitting alternative that may come at a lower price and allow the Lakers to find another strong player.
This season, Deng is averaging 17.1 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists in just over 35 minutes per game. He would bring an all-around game and versatility to the Lakers, and has already played with a superstar in Derrick Rose, making him better suited to join Bryant in Los Angeles.
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