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Mavs Call Deng; His Pecking-Order Position

Mavs Call Deng; His Pecking-Order Position

The Mavs were happy to see Luol Deng leave Chicago for Cleveland, flirted with a Cavs trade at the deadline, and then found themselves happy that he didn't move from there ... because it meant they could make him a free agent target today. They've done just that. Where is he on a Dallas pecking order that includes Ariza, Parsons and Pierce?

NBA sources told me back in February that the Mavs went right to the deadline in talking to the Cavs about Luol Deng. The concept - far-fetched as it might've been - included a great deal of Dallas admiration for Deng and a great deal of Dallas self-confidence in a 2014 re-signing. But when that deal didn't work, all Dallas cared about what that Cleveland didn't deal him to another spot where...

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