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Report: 'Stars now align' for Luol Deng to land with Phoenix Suns

The biggest free agent domino has fallen.

With LeBron James finally choosing the Cleveland Cavaliers, the rest of the NBA -- teams and players -- can get on with their own respective decisions, including the Phoenix Suns.

The 29-year-old Deng is coming off a season in which he averaged 16 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists splitting time between the Chicago Bulls and Cavaliers.

How much the Suns need a player like Deng or how much they'd be willing to invest, especially since they've agreed to a three-year deal with small forward P.J. Tucker, is a question that has yet to be answered. The team does have plenty of cap space, and there's little doubt the former Duke Blue Devil would be a useful addition to a team looking to make the playoffs for the first time since 2010.

Originally selected by the Suns with the seventh pick in the 2004 Draft only to be dealt to Chicago on draft night, Deng has been a solid player throughout his career and been an All-Star selection twice (2012, 2013).

For his career, Deng has averaged 16 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists and one steal per game. The 6-foot-8, 220-pound wing is known to be a good defender.

About the Author


School: University of Arizona

When you started with Bonneville Phoenix: Fall 2008, right before Cardinals Super Bowl run

Favorite sports memory: Being at Game 7 of the 2001 World Series with my dad

Favorite all-time athlete: Larry Centers

Favorite sports movies: The Sandlot, Rookie of the Year, Jerry Maguire

Most crushing sports moment: Grew up in Arizona and went to UA from 2002-06. In short, there are too many to name just one.

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