The Cleveland Cavaliers traded for Luol Deng back in the beginning of January with the intention of making him feel at him so he’d re-sign in the offseason. The team hasn’t really made Deng feel very comfortable and it’s growing more and more likely that he’s going to bolt at the end of the season.
Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News, who was one of the first insiders to predict the trade to the Cavaliers, is saying that the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks and Orlando Magic will all make a run at Deng in the offseason when he hits free agency.
We’re surprised the Cavs did not move Luol Deng. He’ll be gone on July 1, no later than a minute past midnight, and despite an Achilles injury that prevents him from practicing on most days, he’ll be high on everyone’s free-agent list. The Mavs, Lakers, Celtics, Magic and Charlotte are all interested. Why not stay in Cleveland? Kyrie Irving doesn’t make players around him better and Dion Waiters is a me-first player.
Of these teams, the Orlando Magic are the most interesting as they’re the least competitive of the bunch. Still, it will be an active market for Deng and he’s going to be getting plenty of attention when he leaves Cleveland and signs elsewhere in the summer.