When the Cleveland Cavaliers acquired Luol Deng from the Chicago Bulls earlier this month, the front office said that while moves down the road weren’t completely written off, they wanted to see what they had first. It was a suggestion that a move at the upcoming NBA trade deadline was questionable at best.
However, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Cavaliers (who are 4-4 with Deng) are expected to be buyers come the February deadline.
History tells us the Cavs will be active at the trading deadline, especially if the team doesn’t show some significant improvement soon. They have not given up on their goal of making the playoffs, but it’s unclear if this team, as constituted, can achieve that.
In addition, Dan Gilbert has shown a willingness to spend the money to make this team better.
One player that is reportedly off limits barring a too good to be true trade offer is Dion Waiters, who reportedly won’t be moving outside of a blockbuster deal.
The Los Angeles Lakers reportedly attempted to acquire Waiters in the potential Pau Gasol deal but were allegedly laughed out of the room, per say.