The NBA’s trade deadline is a couple weeks away and the Cleveland Cavaliers may want to look at acquiring a small forward.
Although Cleveland traded for current small forward Luol Deng in mid-January, ESPN’s Marc Stein reports the former Chicago Bulls star is unlikely to re-sign with the Cavaliers come the offseason.
That’s right: What was supposed to be a season exciting enough to make LeBron James think seriously about leaving Miami to come back to the Cavs has descended into such farce that sources close to the situation are already saying that there’s little-to-no chance Deng will agree to stay once he hits free agency.
Unlike some other ESPN scribes, Stein does have a finger on the pulse of what’s going on around the league so his suggestion that Deng is doubtful to return should hold quite a bit of merit.
The Cavaliers do own the Bird Rights of Deng, so they could potentially sign and trade him (assuming Deng agrees) if he opts to sign elsewhere during the offseason. Still, that was a hefty price to pay for a half season rental if Deng does bolt in free agency.