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Lakers Rumors: Lakers expected to target forward Luol Deng in free agency

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It remains to be seen if the Los Angeles Lakers will be able to make a move before the NBA trade deadline. Kevin Love appears to be the team's top trade target, but there's no telling if that'll go down before Thursday. Even if the Lakers aren't able to make a considerable move, the storied franchise will likely make a run at Luol Deng in free agency this summer according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN on Feb. 19:

Sources say the Cavs are concerned about being able to re-sign Deng this offseason, as he'll be an unrestricted free agent for the first time. Several teams with cap space, including the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks, are expected to be interested in Deng.

Not only will the Lakers be competing with the Dallas Mavericks for Love's services heading toward the NBA trade deadline, but it appears they'll also being battling Mark Cuban and company to sign Deng this summer.

Although it still remains unclear what direction the Lakers plan to take in the off-season, it's safe to assume Mitch Kupchak and company will not stand pat with the current roster. Signing Deng would be a move in the right direction if they don't break the bank to bring him in.

Another potential target for the Lakers among the 2014 NBA free agents is Lance Stephenson. Many believe Stephenson will simply re-sign with the Indiana Pacers, but if he doesn't that'll open the door for the Lakers.

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