Jan 20, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers small forward Luol Deng reacts in the fourth quarter against the Dallas Mavericks at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Luol Deng calls Cleveland Cavaliers a mess, says he misses Chicago Bulls


The Cleveland Cavaliers acquired Luol Deng at the beginning of February and all looked like it would be well and good for the time being. But less than a month after he was traded, a new report from Mitch Lawrence suggests that Deng’s days in Cleveland are numbered due to the fact that he hates playing with the team.

Lawrence writes that Deng told a friend not long after he was traded to the Cavs that the team was a mess and they were doing things that would have made coaches and executives back in Chicago cringe.

Deng recently told one close friend, “the stuff going on in practice would never be tolerated by the coaching staff or the front office back in Chicago. It’s a mess.”

If this report from Lawrence is true, it pretty much kills any notion that Deng would consider re-signing in Cleveland but it also has ramifications beyond that.

If Deng, who was a standup guy in Chicago, came in and immediately began hating the Cavaliers, we can only imagine what Kyrie Irving has been feeling. Deng’s quotes, if true, certainly help Irving’s cause when it comes to fans understanding why he’d want to get out of Cleveland.

If things are as bad as Deng implies, then there’s virtually no hope of LeBron James returning this summer either.

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  • Letterman007

    There never was any hope of LBJ coming back to Cleveland! I don’t expect to see Deng back next year either! Dan Gilbert has been hibernating in the casino and has done nothing to correct this mess of misfits and malcontents! If you are going to let this go on Mr. Gilbert, then do this city and fans a favor, and sell ,

  • jtrain23

    If Deng says it, I buy it. He is a stand up guy who is a hard worker. He plays the game with heart, like his former Bulls teammates. It’s a shame for Cleveland, because they have some really talented guys and the city of Cleveland deserves some sort of team that can present any level of mediocrity.

    Don’t worry. Bulls fans miss you too, Lou.