According to Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal, the Cleveland Cavaliers aren’t particularly interested in re-signing small forward Luol Deng when he hits the open market his summer. Lloyd noted in an article on the Cavs interviewing Chicago Bulls assistant Adrian Griffin for their vacant head coaching position:
Yahoo Sports reported Thursday that the Cavs could increase their chances of retaining free agent Luol Deng should they hire Griffin to be their coach, but the Cavs tried trading Deng at the trade deadline three months ago and haven’t expressed much interest in bringing him back.
The Cavs acquiring Deng in January was one of the big moments of the Cavs’ season. Although he didn’t ultimately help the Cavaliers right the ship and and make the playoffs, it still made waves. Deng’s tenure in Cleveland, however, is likely over and he’ll hit the market this summer. But if the Cavs do want to re-sign Deng, there is a good way to interest him in coming back:
Here’s one way the Cavaliers can improve their chances of keeping Luol Deng, sources say: Hire Bulls assistant Adrian Griffin as head coach.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) May 27, 2014