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Report: Cavaliers ‘haven’t expressed much interest’ in re-signing Luol Deng

May 28, 2014, 10:35 PM EDT

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The Cavaliers tried to make the playoffs this year — honest. They were active in free agency before it began, and when those moves didn’t pan out, they ditched Andrew Bynum midseason and traded for Luol Deng, without any assurances that he’d be willing to re-sign once his contract was up at the conclusion of the regular season.

Deng reportedly didn’t like what he saw during his short time in Cleveland — between the locker room issues and the lack of control from then head coach Mike Brown, he wasn’t interested in even considering the Cavaliers as a free agent destination.

The feeling might have been mutual.

From Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal (via WFNY):

Yahoo Sports reported Thursday that the Cavs could increase their chances of retaining free agent Luol Deng should they hire [former Bulls assistant Adrian 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.

Deng is undoubtedly an All-Star talent, but a more subtle one if that makes any sense. He isn’t the type to anchor a team, but he would be an excellent veteran piece to solidify a winning situation that’s already in place.

If the Cavaliers are going to spend what Deng will likely cost in free agency, they need to get an impactful player in return for committing those salary cap dollars. Deng reportedly had zero interest in re-signing in Cleveland, so the team not pursuing him is likely a function of that, along with considerations of how that money could be better spent on players more likely to compliment the roster as it’s currently constructed.

  1. eugenesaxe1 - May 28, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    Gee, they don’t want to re-sign a guy that called the organization dysfunctional?

  2. smoothaswilkes - May 28, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    Gee with all that saved money from resigning Bosh and Lbj, Miami seems to have found it’s new Battier.

    • sjbrown8 - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:30 PM

      If he could be signed for the vets minimum or even the mid-level, don’t you think the Bulls would have kept him?

      • smoothaswilkes - Jun 12, 2014 at 4:10 PM

        It’s a different scenario, one where I don’t believe that he’d sign for the minimum or MLE in Chicago. If that was the case, they wouldn’t have traded him to begin with.

  3. lj312chicago - May 28, 2014 at 11:32 PM

    Some one is going to steal Luol Deng in free agency.

  4. campcouch - May 29, 2014 at 12:08 AM

    having the number one pick will do that. i’m sure Luol is a nice guy and played good ball in Chicago,but if you’re anointed an All-Star and called an upper tier SF and defender,you have to put up better numbers than you did…especially in a contract season,no matter where you are playing. Maybe he returns to Chi-Town and revitalizes,but he’s not getting that huge contract he wanted or even close to the offer he turned down.

    • vapor54 - May 29, 2014 at 10:02 AM

      camp- agree that Deng should’ve put up better numbers

  5. jacobk621 - May 29, 2014 at 12:29 AM

    He would look good in the Wizards lineup !!

  6. tv63 - May 29, 2014 at 7:03 AM

    Yawn.. Why is this a story?

  7. sportsfan18 - May 29, 2014 at 8:07 AM

    Deng is a solid player that basically any team can use.

    No, he’s not a top star at all. But there are only so many KD’s, LBJ’s etc…

    He’s a well rounded player. He plays defense as well as offense (not saying he’s a lock down defender but he understands D and plays it).

    He doesn’t wow in any one area, but he’s just a good all around player.

    He’s a great #3 guy on a team. He plays hard too and he can play all game, every game too as we all saw Thibs do that to him…

    Gotta have other players on the team and he’s a good one to have. Solid, all around pro player. Dependable. Consistent.

    You know what you’re getting with him. He is NOT a head case or a trouble maker either.

  8. deeballer - May 29, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    He’d be perfect to replace Battier and Allen once they retire after this year. Maybe he’ll take the mid level exception they have to play for a championship.

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