Mar 30, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward Luol Deng (9) runs during a game against the Indiana Pacers at Quicken Loans Arena. Cleveland won 90-76. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Free Agent Rumors: Luol Deng Still a Target for the Dallas Mavericks

With all the drama surrounding the Chandler Parsons situation, it’s easy to overlook Luol Deng. Deng, who has been linked to the Mavs for months, remains on the market and very much in demand.

Seen by many as the top 2-way SF on the market, Deng would immediately upgrade the Mavs in a way Parsons probably could not. Parsons, at age 25, still has the scoring ability and potential, but Deng offers an immediate presence on defense.

Deng’s numbers took a dip after being traded to Cleveland but most consider that more of a Cleveland thing, than a Deng thing. At age 29 he’s still a very strong player able to make an impact on a high caliber team for the next few years.

Offensively Luol Deng will fit in much like Shawn Marion. He doesn’t require specific plays run for him in order for him to can score. Instead he finds his opportunities.

The Mavericks cannot control what happens to Parsons anymore. The ball is in Houston’s court. The Mavs are now reaching out to Deng (and presumably Trevor Ariza) once more, to re-state their interest. Deng will be looking for $11-$12M per year and has enough suitors to make it happen.

Mar 28, 2014; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward Luol Deng (9) blocks a pass by Brooklyn Nets forward Mirza Teletovic (33) during the second half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta appears the frontrunners to sign Deng thus far. They have cleared the cap room and brought in friends and former Bulls teammates, Thabo Sefolosha and Kyle Korver. Houston and Dallas remain in the hunt but must resolve the Chandler Parsons offer first.

The Mavericks are in dangerous territory right now as they stand to miss out on all of their free agent targets if things fall the wrong way.

Completely Unscientifically Estimated Chance of Being a Maverick: 40%

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