The Cleveland Cavaliers fired their general manager on Thursday and now it seems that wholesale changes are coming to the roster. Chris Grant stitched together a roster that hasn’t been performing, and that underperforming roster he put together was not only his undoing, but it could get torn apart as we approach the trade deadline.
Things are so bad in Cleveland that Alex Kennedy from Basketball Insiders reports that everyone on the roster, except for Kyrie Irving, could be traded before the deadline passes. This is up to and including the recently acquired Luol Deng, who is eligible to be traded again before February 20th.
Deng was acquired one month ago by the Cavaliers, and is reportedly unhappy in Cleveland (describing the team as a “mess” to friends). The veteran small forward can be traded again before the deadline, but he can’t be packaged with another player from the Cavaliers.
This could become an interesting situation, as Deng is rumored to be pursued by the Dallas Mavericks in the offseason, a team looking for one more key player at the deadline to make them a threat in the West.
A slew of teams could use Deng and if the Cavs are serious about blowing up the roster, Deng could be one of the first names to go.