Report: Spurs could have interest in Deng during upcoming free agency

According to Aggrey Sam of CSNChicago.com (H/T RealGM), the San Antonio Spurs could be one of multiple teams to pursue Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng this summer if Deng hits the free agent market.

His upcoming status has resulted in the likes of the Cavaliers, Mavericks, Lakers, Raptors, Spurs, Grizzlies and Nets, among others, already expressing interest in Deng, according to league sources.

According to Deng's agent, interested teams will be looking for the chance to see if Deng isn't traded from Chicago and if he'll have the chance at free agency:

“Several teams have already shown a lot of interest in Luol’s upcoming free agency. A lot of people are excited. A lot of people were shocked that no offer was extended to him for us to turn down and a lot of people are excited to get a chance to bid for a player like Lu, and they think it’s a great opportunity to might be able to get him for nothing in return if the Bulls let him walk,” said Shade, who along with Herb Rudoy represents Deng.“Several teams have already shown a lot of interest in Luol’s upcoming free agency. A lot of people are excited. A lot of people were shocked that no offer was extended to him for us to turn down and a lot of people are excited to get a chance to bid for a player like Lu, and they think it’s a great opportunity to might be able to get him for nothing in return if the Bulls let him walk,” said Shade, who along with Herb Rudoy represents Deng.

For the Spurs in particular, early figures indicate they will have roughly $7.7 million in cap space this summer with Boris Diaw, Patty Mills, and Matt Bonner coming off the books. Diaw in particular would most likely be re-signed seeing as how he's an integral part of the bench unit and can be a versatile defender. Mills, who hasn't gotten many minutes in past seasons, has turned into the backup point guard with the Spurs' bench unit this season.

Again, this is just an early report, and there's still a chance Deng could be traded and then signed to an extension by another team, but a report is out in December, and the Spurs might possibly have interest in Deng. 

Paul Garcia

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