Just over a month after the Cleveland Cavaliers acquired Luol Deng from the Chicago Bulls, they seem to be putting the All-Star forward on the trading block again as the deadline draws closer.
Franchise in Flux
Cleveland traded problematic center Andrew Bynum, and three future draft picks for the versatile forward in the hopes that his skillset would complement the young core of Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters, and Tristan Thompson. However, even with the leadership and experience Deng offers the Cavs are still playing with losing records.
The team recently fired GM Chris Grant, and the team is expected to make some moves this offseason, if not in the trade deadline. This recent announcement only underscores the complete disarray of the franchise.
Chicago dealt Deng because of his rejection of their three-year$30 million deal that would keep the team under the luxury tax number. Now that Deng has seen what may be in store for him on other teams that deal may not look as bad. But, any prodigal son story can only happen after the summer as NBA regulations disallow any team from reacquiring players traded in the same season.