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NBA Rumors: Deng Expected to Leave Cavs

Luol Deng expected to leave Cavaliers when he becomes free agent … Clippers, Nets battling for Glen Davis … Several teams want Shannon Brown

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Deng Expected to Leave Cleveland

We’re surprised the Cavs did not move Luol Deng. He’ll be gone on July 1, no later than a minute past midnight, and despite an Achilles injury that prevents him from practicing on most days, he’ll be high on everyone’s free-agent list. The Mavs, Lakers, Celtics, Magic and Charlotte are all interested.

via Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News

It is somewhat surprising that the Cavaliers decided to keep Luol Deng past the trade deadline, since it seems like he’s going to sign elsewhere when he becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer.

He has reportedly bashed the Cavs to people close to him and, at this point in his career, he probably prefers to play on a team that’s closer to contending. It’s hard to imagine the Celtics or Magic having interest in Deng, since they’re in the midst of a youth movement, but the Mavericks, Lakers and Bobcats all make some sense.

He could be one of the best free agents available this summer, if many of the big name players opt in or decide to re-sign with their respective teams.

Two Teams Fighting for Glen Davis

Clippers and Nets still battling for Big Baby Davis, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.

via Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports

Doc Rivers has been recruiting Davis to the Clippers and Kevin Garnett has been recruiting him to the Nets. Davis knows both men from his days with the Celtics, and it seems like these are the two frontrunners to sign the veteran power forward. The HEAT, Warriors and Spurs are also reportedly interested, but Davis’ camp seems to be leaning toward L.A. or Brooklyn.

When Davis first learned that he would be bought out by Orlando, he told some of his former teammates on the Magic that he would be signing with the Clippers. Since then, the Nets’ pursuit of Davis intensified and he is now considering Brooklyn as well, but it’s interesting that his initial choice was the Clippers.

It seems that joining the Clippers would put him in better position to make a deep playoff run, as L.A. is currently 37-20 and in the fourth seed in the West while Brooklyn is 25-28 and in the East’s eighth seed.

Several Teams Interested in Shannon Brown

According to a person with knowledge of the situation, the Spurs are surveying the free agency landscape before making a decision on whether or not to re-sign Brown.

The Houston Rockets, Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks are among the teams with some interest in Brown.

via Sam Amick of USA TODAY Sports

Brown’s 10-day contract with San Antonio recently expired, and it remains to be seen if the Spurs will sign him to a new contract. As Amick and several others reported, San Antonio wants to see which players are bought and if they can land one before making a commitment to Brown.

The Rockets, HEAT, Bulls and Knicks are in a similar position as the Spurs, where they might be interested in Brown but they’re also playing the buyout field to see if they can land someone like Danny Granger, Ben Gordon, Glen Davis, Antawn Jamison, Metta World Peace, Beno Udrih, etc. For these teams, it seems that Brown is more of a backup plan if they strike out on the bought out players.

In 10 games this season, Brown averaged 2.3 points and 1.3 rebounds while playing 10.3 minutes per game.

Alex Kennedy is the Managing Editor of Basketball Insiders and this is his 10th season covering the NBA. He is a member of the Professional Basketball Writers Association.

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