Luol Deng was traded from the Chicago Bulls to the Cleveland Cavaliers to help clean up the mess that Andrew Bynum brought to the team.
It’s probably not all on Bynum, but when you bring in a toxic player such as him into such a young core group of players, nothing good comes of it. That’s exactly what the Cavaliers did. It also didn’t help that Cleveland’s coach, Mike Brown, isn’t much of a voice in that locker room, either.
Deng was supposed to help smooth things over. He’s a veteran leader who knows what it’s like to be in a championship locker room. Somehow, he hasn’t helped. In fact, Deng is now telling people close to him just how bad it is in Cleveland.
Deng recently told one close friend, “the stuff going on in practice would never be tolerated by the coaching staff or the front office back in Chicago. It’s a mess.”
It also doesn’t help that he has the Chicago Bulls to compare it too. The Bulls may not be a “championship team”, but they are not the mess that bad teams are. They have talented veterans and a “no-bull” coach in Tom Thibodeau. It’s almost the complete opposite of what he fell into in Cleveland.
Deng recently said that he’s unhappy that the team’s losing, but won’t publicly say that he’s unhappy with his teammates or the situation. Of course, in an attempt to try to save face in Cleveland.
The only good thing, for Deng, is that he doesn’t have to stick around for much longer. He’ll be a free agent after this season.