Feb 26, 2014; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers small forward Luol Deng (9) handles the ball against Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Derek Fisher (6) during the second quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Luol Deng out vs. Brooklyn Nets

Luol Deng may have played his last game as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Cavaliers coach Mike Brown told media present at practice today that Deng will miss Wednesday’s season finale against the Brooklyn Nets due to a back injury.

Deng has missed the past few games due to the back as well. In 40 games as a Cavalier after being traded from the Chicago Bulls to the Cavaliers in exchange for Andrew Bynum and a heavily protected first-round pick, Deng averaged 14.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 33.8 minutes per game. All of those numbers are below his career average.

What comes next is fairly predictable. When the Cavaliers acquired Deng, the risk was there. He came in on an expiring contract and from a veteran contender to the NBA’s second youngest team. And while Deng did have a few strong performances, his play with the Cavaliers was poor. He also had to refute reports of his unhappiness and reports that he would not resign at the end of the season.

As a result, Deng has likely played his last game with the Cavaliers. Although the Cavaliers hoped that Deng would turn the small forward (and veteran presence, for that matter), the partnership hasn’t worked out. Thus, when free agency begins, expect the Cavaliers and Deng to part ways.

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  • Letterman007

    Deng never turn into what the Cav’s hoped when the trade was made, as usual, they make a trade or sign a free agent and he does next to nothing to help this team of mislead malcontents! I realize he was hurt, but not bad enough to sit out games and then perform to his career marks! So let him go and good riddens!! These last few years has been like a bad soap opera and all orchestrated by Dan Gilbert who needs a couple good lessons on how to run a NBA franchise! When you think about it, he started screwing up when he bought the team and couldn’t find anyone to pair with LBJ to get a championship! He has had nothing but teams of falling short and plain loosing ever since and spent a ton of money to no avail!!! Quit trying to find the boy genius and relinquish some power and get somebody that can get you what you want!! What the fans want!!