As we all figured, reports are starting to file in that Luol Deng won’t likely re-sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Reports also indicated, earlier this week, that Deng was at a state of dismay with what he came across in Cleveland. Pile on the fact that the Cavs just fired their general manager and it appears that things are going to get progressively worse before they get better — it appears.
And the general toxicity in the air around this team — where rumblings of player discontent with Mike Brown are getting louder by the day — makes you wonder if they have any hope of re-signing newly acquired (and shell-shocked) Luol Deng in free agency.
That’s right: What was supposed to be a season exciting enough to make LeBron James think seriously about leaving Miami to come back to the Cavs has descended into such farce that sources close to the situation are already saying that there’s little-to-no chance Deng will agree to stay once he hits free agency.
The Cavs knew the chance they were taking when they traded for Deng earlier this season. However, the fact that they can throw money (possibly $10 million per season) at Deng gave them enough confidence that they would be able to re-sign him to an extension after this season.
They also figured that Deng would be another chip in the chase for LeBron James. It’s amazing how much has changed for the Cavs in a matter of a couple months.
However, with every passing day, that idea is looking less and less likely.