The Cleveland Cavaliers have been searching for a solution to their struggling form all season, and they may have found one in two-time All-Star Luol Deng. The Cavaliers had been desperately trying to move the troubled Andrew Bynum by the end of the weekend, and they did so by sending him and three draft picks to secure Deng’s services. Could this move be the one that saves their season and possibly pushes them towards the success they’ve wanted for so long?
With Deng’s contract expiring at the end of the season, the Chicago Bulls in no state to compete for an NBA Championship and their finances in an awful position, the Bulls had to make a move of this caliber. The Bulls will fall below the luxury tax threshold and will not face the additional taxes that would be coming in the near future. Not only does it save them money, but it allows them to build for the future.
The Cavaliers would have waived Bynum, but instead the Bulls will do that to ensure they sort their financial problems out as quickly as possible. Deng provides Cleveland with experience, leadership and the defensive presence they’ve lacked. Also, they will finally have a reliable scorer other than Kyrie Irving. The one concern is that Deng could walk away for nothing at the end of the season, but the Cavaliers will be best placed to offer him the best financial package he wants.
Cleveland can afford Deng, and they will make an offer to keep him. If Cleveland keeps him for the rest of the season it’s a good move, but if they secure him on a long-term contract then it’s a great move. Deng will provide the Cavaliers with the closest thing they’ve had to a replacement for LeBron James.