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NBA Trade Rumors: Pistons contact Cavs about Luol Deng

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Sounds like team was quickly rebuffed. Must have offered Josh Smith.

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The Detroit Pistons have contacted the Cleveland Cavaliers regarding the availability of Luol Deng, according to Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski. Cleveland Cavaliers have made recently acquired forward Luol Deng available as the free-agent-to-be has not given the Cavs front office any indication he would be willing to sign an extension with the team.

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.

There is no indication what was offered, only that the Cavs quickly rebuffed whatever Detroit was dangling. Considering what Detroit would have available and team needs on the playoff-hungry Cavs, one can assume the crux of the deal involved Deng and Josh Smith. And I can't imagine Detroit would be crazy enough to offer Greg Monroe or any future first-round picks.

Perhaps a deal could be reignited if Detroit was willing to trade an expiring contract as well and take back one of Cleveland's long-term deals -- Jarrett Jack, perhaps.

If anything more develops other than Detroit seemingly putting out feelers, which is all this seems to be as of now, Detroit Bad Boys will bring it to you.