The Cleveland Cavaliers made a surprise trade on Monday night when they somehow acquired swingman Luol Deng from the Chicago Bulls for what amounted to draft picks (and the contract of Andrew Bynum). But just because the Cavs added a huge name to their roster, doesn’t mean they’re not the same sleek machine they were before.
While Deng adds a lot of talent on the wing, the Cavs are still a team being led by point guard Kyrie Irving and he worked some of his magic on Tuesday night against the Philadelphia 76ers. Irving threw up a perfect alley-oop pass that forward Tristian Thompson took the rest of the way.
Cleveland is a contender this year and their half-season rental of Deng proves they’re in this for the long haul in 2014. For once, the Cavvs are focused on the here and now, and as long as Irving keeps playing like this, the team is going places this season.