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.
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.