Once the Cleveland Cavaliers decided they were done with center Andrew Bynum, they acquired former all-star forward Luol Deng from the Chicago Bulls in order to keep their slim playoff hopes alive.
The Cavaliers are going to fall short of their goal and Deng can become a free agent in the offseason.
Although the Cavaliers would like to keep Deng in the fold, they are going to break the bank to keep him.
According to Terry Pluto of The Cleveland Plain-Dealer, the Cavaliers are expected to give Deng a “modest” offer.
Assuming he returns as general manager, one of David Griffin’s first goals will be to find a veteran small forward for next season. He will talk to Deng, a free agent, about returning, but the contract offer will be rather modest. A good guess is Deng will want to play for a contender.
The Cavs will likely have to shop elsewhere. But Deng demonstrated how an experienced and reasonably productive small forward can affect this team.
Deng is averaging 16.0 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.0 steals per game this season.