The Cleveland Cavaliers recently acquired former All-Star Luol Deng, but are now willing to consider offers for the small forward before the trade deadline.
As they evaluate the team and look to make a deal to help secure a playoff berth,Cleveland Cavaliers officials are making recently acquired Luol Deng available ahead of Thursday’s trade deadline, multiple league sources told ESPN.com.
The Cavs traded three future draft picks and Andrew Bynum to the Chicago Bulls to acquire Deng on Jan. 7. But the deal hasn’t worked out as hoped.
Cleveland isn’t determined to trade Deng, but with his impending free agency a concern, acting general manager David Griffin is testing the market for the veteran forward.
The rumors right before the deadline tend to get a little bit crazy. That being said, this doesn’t seem like a scenario in which the Cavaliers are desperately looking to cash in on Deng’s expiring contract, wishing to move him at all costs. As the ESPN report suggests, it’s more of a feeling it out process for Cleveland, at a time when pretty much every single general manager in the league is on the phone.
Even though the Cavaliers have been playing better since the firing of Chris Grant, there have been reports saying that Deng is not particularly happy with the locker room atmosphere, and seeing whether someone is willing to put an attractive deal on the table for a player who might leave for nothing in the summer is the smart thing to do.