NBA Rumors: Cleveland Cavaliers will need to overpay to keep Luol Deng

Jan 26, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers small forward Luol Deng (9) reacts in the fourth quarter against the Phoenix Suns at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Cavaliers are in a bit of turmoil at the moment and are desperately trying to claw their way out of the losing hole they’ve found themselves in. A lot of the blame can be placed on fired general manager Chris Grant, a guy Adrian Wojnarowski from Yahoo! Sports details in his latest piece.

One of the moves Grant made before he was fired, was trading away the contract of Andrew Bynum to the Chicago Bulls along with a first-round pick in exchange for Luol Deng. Adding Deng hasn’t helped a single thing in Cleveland and it now looks like they’ll have to overpay to avoid embarrassingly losing him over the summer.

Per Woj:

To keep Deng in free agency this summer, the Cavaliers will probably have to exceed his market value. Letting Deng walk would be too embarrassing, considering how steep a price they paid to acquire him. Deng is a relentlessly positive person, but he hates losing and will be a premium free-agent target for several contending franchises.

Deng will likely sign with the Dallas Mavericks or some other contender in the offseason, meaning that unless the Cavs overpay to keep him, yet another one of Chris Grant’s terrible deals will have a long term effect on the team.

Topics: Cleveland Cavaliers, Luol Deng

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  • Letterman007

    Lets see what happens with the Cav’s the balance of the season! They have won three in a row, they have done this before in this year of turmoil, looking like they are turning the corner, and then regressed! Lets see what happens next? If they start winning and show some promise, then he may stay for a little less, probably not much less, but it could change his mind set on this team and be in a more willing state of mind to stay!! Also with the trade dead line coming, let’s see what they do!

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