Feb 3, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers small forward Luol Deng (9) drives to the basket past Dallas Mavericks center Samuel Dalembert (1) during the second half at the American Airlines Center. The Mavericks defeated the Cavaliers 124-107. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Cleveland Cavaliers don't guarantee Luol Deng will be re-signed

The Cleveland Cavaliers are going to look at coming together more as a team in the second half of the season, as the team can still make the postseason and can still erase the ugly image of them that has been painted by bad moves, a lot of losing and a major firing.

Cavs owner Dan Gilbert spoke with Jason Lloyd of The Akron Beacon Journal and gave some insight not he future of the team. One major decision looming is re-signing Luol Deng, something that Gilbert hardly guarantees will happen int he summer.

“We love Luol for a lot of reasons, which everybody knows. Besides the kind of player he is, the kind of person he is and the kind of leader he is by example. But you can’t make these decisions in a vacuum. You have to look at all the pieces and see where you’re going to be.”

If the Cavs let Deng walk, it could be viewed as a massive disaster since they gave up so much to get him. It could also be shoveled on Grant and blamed on the poor decision of the previous regime, but either way there is still a lot of mystery about the possibility of Luol Deng returning to Cleveland in 2014-15.

Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers

  • Letterman007

    After all that has gone on with the Cav’s this year, they almost can’t afford to let Deng go! What other free agent wants to come here that is any better than Deng? All Gilbert can do is offer him money and see what happens. They can offer him the biggest contract, and if he says no, what can you do? I just know they need a player with his intelgence and character and experience, let alone the position he plays is one of need on this team!

  • Mike Raab

    What are you talking about? Massive amounts of assets they gave up to get him? They gave up barely anything for the caliber of player he is. He is not going to re-sign most likely anyhow. His production is down, I would flip him for a long-term asset.

    • Patrick Allen

      They gave up quite a bit for him for just a rental that didn’t pay off.

      • Mike Raab

        No they gave up a first rounder that will never become a first rounder because Sacramento sucks. They also gave up second rounders that equate to nothing. The type of player he is both ways on the floor, they could sure flip him and get a lot more back then what they gave up.

  • Jason Wilder

    Gave up a ton to get Deng? A couple second rounders, a possible first (top 10 protected)/second rounder from Sacramento, and a chance to swap with Chicago? That’s a ton? Not really, especially if we never get the Sac 1st and the Cavs and Bulls are relatively close in the standings next year.