Mar 30, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward Luol Deng (9) runs during a game against the Indiana Pacers at Quicken Loans Arena. Cleveland won 90-76. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Cleveland Cavaliers to draft Luol Deng's replacement

The NBA Draft is right around the corner and teams are looking at the incoming class to see who can help replace aging stars and who can fill holes that are either present or soon to be present. One of those teams are the Cleveland Cavaliers and with the uncertainty surrounding Luol Deng, there’s a growing chance he’ll be replaced using the draft.

According to Terry Pluto of The Plain Dealer, the Cavaliers will be looking at small forwards in the draft this June to replace Luol Deng.

This makes sense as there are a slew of small forwards in the draft that the Cavaliers can pick up no matter where they pick. Should they win the lottery, or at least pick in the top 3, they can land either Jabari Parker or Andrew Wiggins which is beyond ideal. But if they stay put at No. 10 overall then they can still grab someone like Rodney Hood or Doug McDermott to fill Deng’s shoes.

It’s more than likely that Deng will move on to a team like the Warriors, Mavericks or Suns this offseason and the Cavaliers drafting a small forward is starting to become a necessity.


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  • Letterman007

    What about signing a free agent like Trevor Ariza and then drafting Vonleh, out of Indiana, who is a power forward or center. Maybe getting Evan Turner to be Irving’s running mate ? Let Waiters and Jack come off the bench with Andy, TT and resign Hawes?