The NBA trade deadline may have passed, but that doesn't mean the rumors around the Association have stopped.
While teams may no longer be able to trade for players, there are still plenty of rumors regarding teams acquiring D-League players and free agents, either now or at the end of the season. While these names may not be superstars, they could still be important pieces to their respective potential teams.
With that being said, let's take a look at some of the latest rumors after the trade deadline.
Miami Heat Looking to Acquire D-League Player
With such a talented roster, the Miami Heat aren't afraid to look far and wide for players to add to their bench. The latest target appears to be DeAndre Liggins of the Sioux Falls Skyforce, the Heat's D-League affiliate team.
According to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel, the Heat are strongly considering bringing in Liggins.
Sources tell Sun Sentinel that Heat strongly considering signing DeAndre Liggins, who has been playing for team's Sioux Falls affiliate.— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) February 23, 2014
At 25 years old, the former Wildcat has been a productive swingman for the Skyforce. Through 35 games this season, he's averaging 14.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.5 steals per game. However, he hasn't been the most efficient scorer, shooting just 39.8 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from behind the arc.
Still, it appears that Liggins has no problem filling up the stat sheet, and he could be getting a big break by getting another opportunity to play on an NBA roster. If he is able to sign, however, he's going to have to step up and make sure he can hold on to a spot on one of the league's best teams.
Washington Wizards Planning to Sign Drew Gooden
With the Washington Wizards reportedly losing Nene for six weeks, per the Associated Press (via ESPN.com), it looks like 32-year-old free agent Drew Gooden may be heading to his next team.
According to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports, Gooden will be signing a 10-day contract with the Wizards on Tuesday.
NBA free agent forward Drew Gooden will be in Washington, D.C., tomorrow to sign a 10-day contract with Wizards, a source told Yahoo Sports.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) February 24, 2014
In his last year when he played major time back during the 2011-12 season, Gooden was averaging 13.7 points and 6.5 rebounds per game while shooting 43.7 percent from the field. Considering Gooden is now replacing Nene, who is averaging 14.2 points and 5.8 rebounds per game right now, it seems like he could be helpful for the Wizards as a bench player.
However, given the fact that Gooden is now getting older, it is unclear just how effective he will be, especially after being out of the league for so long. If the Wizards do intend to sign him, we will see if he can be an asset.
Luol Deng Expected to Leave Cavaliers After 2013-14 Season
Many were surprised that the Cleveland Cavaliers did not trade Luol Deng at the deadline. However, it doesn't seem like Deng will be with the team much longer, as the current season is quickly coming to a close.
According to Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News, Deng is planning on leaving the Cavs as soon as he's able to hit free agency on July 1, saying:
We’re surprised the Cavs did not move Luol Deng. He’ll be gone on July 1, no later than a minute past midnight, and despite an Achilles injury that prevents him from practicing on most days, he’ll be high on everyone’s free-agent list. The Mavs, Lakers, Celtics, Magic and Charlotte are all interested. Why not stay in Cleveland? Kyrie Irving doesn’t make players around him better and Dion Waiters is a me-first player.
Deng, who is making over $14 million this season, will be an unrestricted free agent once the season is over. He's played in just 21 games with the Cavaliers after being traded from the Chicago Bulls. His numbers in Cleveland have been worse than with the Bulls, averaging just 15.1 points and 5.2 rebounds per game on 41 percent shooting in Cleveland as opposed to 19.0 points and 6.9 rebounds per game on 45 percent shooting.
Given the fact that the Cavaliers are just 22-35 with a difficult situation in the backcourt, no one can really blame Deng for wanting to leave.