Adrian Wojnarowski has breathed life back into Luol Deng to Atlanta rumors, with a tweet Saturday evening updating the chase for the small forward.
Atlanta is re-engaged on Luol Deng, who has continued deal talks with Miami today, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 13, 2014
We wrote earlier about the Saturday morning tweet from Sam Amick of USAToday that stated that conversations with Atlanta had stopped due to money. We theorized that the Hawks had used the salary slot that they offered on Pau Gasol to Luol Deng previous to the Gasol offer.
With Chicago offering 3/30 to Deng last season and the figuring the Hawks offering the 11M per slot to Deng, we concluded that there had to be greener pastures that Deng was chasing.
So what changed?
What changed is that Miami reportedly was floating Deng a 2 year, 20M dollar deal. Per Sam Amick:
Miami situation would likely be two-year deal around $10 million per for Luol Deng, but he's weighing options. Washington— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) July 13, 2014
So now it's who can offer Deng the best combination of Money, Winning and Fit....and you have to feel this is the reason the Hawks are back in the mix.
This from Marc Stein, a new "candidate" for Deng:
ESPN sources say Phoenix has tried to force its way into the Luol Deng bidding tonight. Miami has been pressing all day for deal with Deng— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 13, 2014
Could be that PHX is a serious spot for Deng, but it could also be that suddenly, after a day of talking with Miami and coming up short of a deal, that Deng's representation has re-introduced the other teams with cap space, Atlanta and Phoenix, along with Dallas and Washington, to get Miami to come up a little with their offer.
We'll be updating this story, so keep checking back.