NBA Trade Rumors – The Cleveland Cavaliers recently traded for Luol Deng, and the overwhelming narrative since the acquisition was supposedly that the Cavs would make a push for the playoffs, and thus convince Deng to stay with the team long-term when he hits free agency next summer. The team recently fired their GM, Chris Grant, and some major changes in form of another Deng trade could be coming.
Deng’s name hasn’t come up very much in trade rumors recently, but that’s likely to change in the days to come. As Griffin tries to put his own fingerprints on the Cavaliers, rival executives believe that his best move would be trading away the team’s veterans and trying to land a top pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. The Cavaliers aren’t going anywhere this season, so why not try to pick high in the draft again, this time with a new decision-maker making the selection? It’s unfortunate for Deng because no player likes being traded, and it may happen to him twice in a six-week span.
This is a little surprising, especially since the Cavaliers have been playing a little better since the GM change. The question remains whether the team will fall back to old habits, and return to mediocrity.
While rival executives seem to believe that Deng could be had, there have also been reports that Cleveland want to keep their current team together and add another 3-point shooter to improve their chances to make the playoffs.
Obviously, with only a couple of days left until the trade deadline, a lot of conflicting rumors will surface and there will be a whole lot of speculation. Still, moving Deng again is not as insane as it sounds, especially considering the fact that he doesn’t really seem happy with the team and can leave for nothing next summer.