After the Cleveland Cavaliers brought in former Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng, plenty of questions and scenarios instantly arose regarding this summer. What will Cleveland decide to do with Deng? Did they give up draft picks simply to rid themselves of Andrew Bynum, or do they believe Deng will be re-signed long-term? If Deng is brought back, do they have the cap room to go after other big name free agents?
Well, according to Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal, Cleveland very well could keep Deng and make a couple of moves afterward that may shock you.
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It was thought that if Deng stayed in Cleveland, the Cavs would have a tough time courting Miami Heat forward LeBron James. The biggest problem will be the cap room. According to Lloyd, Cleveland will look to make a couple of trades in order to accommodate space for James.
“Assuming the Cavs are willing to give Deng $14 million a year and assuming Deng takes it, the Cavs would have to trade [Jarrett] Jack and [Anderson] Varejao in order to get in the neighborhood of offering James a max contract,” Lloyd wrote in his column Saturday.
The Cavs would sure solidify a slam-dunk of an offseason if they were able to land both Deng and James in the summer. Although both play the same position, Deng has also played some shooting guard when he was with the Bulls while playing alongside Jimmy Butler. So, it shouldn’t be an issue should the two wind up in a Cavs uniform come next season.
Now, the interesting question is whether or not James and Dan Gilbert can make amends. Easier said than done? I’d say so.