Cleveland Cavaliers’ forward Luol Deng’s future with the Cavaliers is shaky at best.
Deng was dealt from the Chicago Bulls to the Cavaliers in exchange for Andrew Bynum and a couple of picks in an attempt by the Cavaliers to get back into the postseason for the first time since LeBron James left for the Miami Heat.
However, it did not work out and the Cavaliers are going to miss the playoffs for the fourth straight season. Plus, Deng’s numbers have suffered since making the move.
The team likes Deng but not enough to give him a big deal and will likely only make him a “modest” offer in free agency.
If Deng and the Cavaliers don’t come to an agreement, the Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns are expected to show a lot of interest in Deng.
Deng, 28, will be an unrestricted free agent in July, meaning he is free to sign with any team without the Cavs possessing the option to match. The Cavs are expected to make an offer, but after years of success, Deng may prefer to move on. The Lakers and Suns are among those interested, league sources say.
Deng is averaging 16.0 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.0 steals per game this season.