The Cleveland Cavaliers “haven’t expressed much interest” in re-signing free agent Luol Deng this summer, according to beat writer Jason Lloyd.
The Cavs’ record with Deng in tow was an improvement over the first half of the season, but he was far from the panacea many thought they were obtaining following the deal with the Bulls. The team dangled Deng at the trade deadline this season but his expiring contract—and impending open market demands—prevented David Griffin from finding any substantial offers. Deng was brought in to provide an answer at the small forward spot that had plagued the Cavs since July, 2010, but his scoring suffered in the Cavs’ offense under then head coach Mike Brown. Making matters worse was a nagging Achilles injury that caused him to miss six games.
There has been speculation that bringing Chicago’s Adrian Griffin ((Griffin became the first candidate to interview with the Cavs on Tuesday night.)) in to fill the team’s current head coaching vacancy could lead to Deng potentially re-signing in some capacity, but it appears that the team will be moving on with the player who was ultimately Chris Grant’s last-ditch effort in saving his job with the Wine and Gold.
Armed with plenty of cap space and multiple draft selections, the team will look to address the small forward position in the coming months, potentially with the No. 1 overall pick in June’s NBA Draft.
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