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Pistons spoke to Cavaliers about Luol Deng

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

The Cavaliers have had conversations with several teams, including Dallas, Detroit and Indiana about Deng, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Nevertheless, there’s no traction on a deal and no team seems inclined to give up valuable assets for a player who could walk away in free agency.

Could the Pistons use a small forward who plays strong defense and shoots adequately from outside? Absolutely.

But, if they’re not willing to surrender Greg Monroe, the Pistons don’t have the ammo to get Luol Deng. (And I wouldn’t trade Monroe for Deng, anyway.)

Get those Josh Smith-for Deng trades out of your mind, too. No way Cleveland does that.

At best, this is the Pistons doing their due diligence. At worst, it’s a leaked report to create the illusion there’s a chance Joe Dumars even has the power to make a trade of that magnitude.

Neither scenario points to Deng becoming a Piston.

20 Comments

  • Feb 20, 201410:12 am
    by Smitty

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    How many more years does this team waste being fu(kin terrible. Spend more money get worse than last year. Wow. Why didn’t Gores shit can Dumars along with Cheeks?

    • Feb 20, 201410:14 am
      by JYD for Life

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      Maybe it was Gores who spent the money and not Joe…

  • Feb 20, 201410:18 am
    by JYD for Life

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    When the Cavs can get Hawes for two second round picks, we seemingly have no interest in getting better this year.  
    He would have been a great fit, especially at that price. 
     

    • Feb 20, 201410:37 am
      by Huddy

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      I am surprised thats all it took.  Hes on an expiring deal its not like they are saving any money moving him really.

    • Feb 20, 201410:38 am
      by Huddy

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      If you are hoping for tanking thats good news for the Pistons..makes the Cavs better.

      • Feb 20, 201410:54 am
        by JYD for Life

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        I’m not hoping for tanking. 
        The clock really is ticking on Drummond beginning to look elsewhere.  
        A guy like Hawes could have helped the Pistons significantly over the next 28 games.  But you’re right, he will help the Cavs pass us in the standings.
        Giving up two second round picks is nothing.   

        • Feb 20, 201411:31 am
          by Huddy

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          He’ll be a restricted free agent and he is in his second year I am not too concerned with where Drummond is going.  I would be more concerned, but even with a push it is next to impossible that this team is anything higher than a 7th seed.  The 7th and 8th seed in the NBA is the sorriest excuse for playoffs imaginable.  Most Eastern Conference playoff teams would barely be in the hunt for a spot in the West and it is so incredibly top heavy that the 1-8 or 7-2 match up would be the equivalent of the top 2 teams in the west playing the 11-12 teams.  I would buy into playoff experience being important if we were the 7th seed GSW going up against SA.  Thats an exciting match up with two teams with varying strengths and weaknesses that will almost definitely not be a blow out.  When everyone is aware of how horrible the east is there is very little to be gained mentally by accomplishing the goal of getting the 8 seed.

  • Feb 20, 201410:21 am
    by @GPMasters

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    *wouldn’t

  • Feb 20, 201410:21 am
    by @GPMasters

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    Fredette is on the market for the low asking price of a second round pick. Stretch the floor anyone?

    • Feb 20, 201410:24 am
      by JYD for Life

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      no reason not to do it…take a shot on Zeller as a backup big or Biyombo…
      But oh wait…we don’t need 3-point shooting or a backup big man. 
      I guess the next few hours will be a good indicator if they’re tanking the rest of the year and if Joe has control or not. 
       
       

    • Feb 20, 201410:28 am
      by Lorenzo

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      Yeah I think Fredette is at least worth looking into….a second rounder for a good shooter…for a team that is notoriously poor at shooting. Low risk proposition. 

      • Feb 20, 201410:34 am
        by @GPMasters

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        Suppose you have to ask, is he better than anything we could get in the second round this year. Also, he is a UFA at the end of the season as the Kings declined the 4th year of his Rookie contract. He’d probably re-sign if we wanted him though I suspect.

        • Feb 20, 201410:52 am
          by JYD for Life

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          He’s absolutely better than any potential second rounder.  
          I’m still perplexed about taking Siva over Seth Curry last year…The guy has been playing really well in the D-League…and can SHOOT! 

    • Feb 20, 201411:27 am
      by Parsons

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      I’d look into Pierre Jackson too. He’s about to sign to Turkey so rather than lose him for nothing I’d offer up Siva or at the very least ask about him. Both him and Jimmer would at least be something.

  • Feb 20, 201410:27 am
    by Smitty

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    I’d be shopping Stuckey Jerbko Bynum and Chalie V to see what I can get regardless of whos in charge or whether or not this team is trying to win.

  • Feb 20, 201411:18 am
    by Victor

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  • Feb 20, 201411:25 am
    by microjfox

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    ^^ Joe D would never agree to that.

  • Feb 20, 201411:45 am
    by Dan Feldman

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    Original version of this post had a typo suggesting I’d trade Monroe for Deng. I would NOT trade Monroe for Deng.

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