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Monday, January 13th, 2014 at 10:55 am  |  24 responses

Luol Deng OK With the Cavs Chasing LeBron James

The Cleveland Cavaliers can offer soon-to-be free agent Luol Deng the most money on the open market this summer. It’s just that they might have their sights set on another forward: LeBron James. Deng says he understands if his new team’s front-office focuses their energy and resources on re-acquiring King James. Per Yahoo! Sports:

“He’s a great player, why wouldn’t you look at him?” Deng said. “If he wants to come back home, that’s great for him and great for this organization. He’s a great player. Why not?

“He’s a great player, why wouldn’t you look at him?” Deng said. “If he wants to come back home, that’s great for him and great for this organization. He’s a great player. Why not?

The Cavaliers acquired Deng in a trade from the Chicago Bulls on Jan. 7 for center Andrew Bynum, who was waived, and three draft picks. The Bulls’ surprising move came after the two-time All-Star turned down a three-year, $30 million contract extension. In Deng, the Cavs landed an elite veteran small forward that they have coveted since James departed for the Miami Heat in the summer of 2010.

If Deng, 28, isn’t signed to a contract extension by June 30, he will become an unrestricted free agent next offseason for the first time in his career. He already likes what he sees in Cleveland and said several times – unsolicited – the Cavs have impressed him with how they treat their players, calling the franchise an “amazing organization.”

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  • Jake

    Has LeBron said anything about actually wanting to return to Cleveland or is this all media created hyperbole? It’s not even February and LeBron watch 2014 is already in full swing. It would be yet another low blow for him to bail on Miami and leave that messy bunch of players in his wake on the way out.

  • Dfrance

    “the Cavs have impressed him with how they treat their players…”

    Guess Deng didn’t read a copy of Gilberts “Letter to Lebron”

  • Anthony

    As a man, its just very tough for me to see anyone making themselves committed to someone that had so much venom towards me in the past. Its like going back to an ex that keyed your car after the break up…..No ma’am, I’ll pass!

  • Lloyd

    But in this situation, your girl didn’t key your car. The “ex” is Halle Berry and she left you for a better man and you didn’t like it. You were never going to do any better than her, or be any better without her. If she left that dude and wanted you back, you’d be an idiot not to strongly consider it.

  • LP @ThisisEther

    media

  • Max

    How is the “ex aka Dan Gilbert” Halle Berry and she left you for a better man?
    You got it mixed up I think.
    Lebron is not the ex, he’s the guy.
    lol

  • Lloyd

    Yeaaa you’re right. My fault!

  • spit hot fiyah

    great to know

  • Anthony

    LLoyd you got my analogy backwards. The venom and the “ex” was the Cavs organization. That letter was terrible and spewed Venom towards LBJ. The Cavs are far from being a Halle Berry of the NBA even with Luol Deng. For LBJ to go back would take a lot of forgiveness on his side even though he was the one that left, and I just can’t see it.

  • LakeShow

    That was when LeBron was no longer a player on the Cav’s.

  • Lloyd

    Yea I’m sorry, that was my mistake.

    Regardless, there is a lot of pull for Lebron to go back. Biggest reason is that it’s his home.

    Secondly, the Cavalier fans treated Lebron with hostility because they felt betrayed by him as he is a son of Ohio and expected him to remain there as one of them. They are passionate about him and if he came back, he’d be received as a returning King.

    Finally, if he returns then Dan Gilbert, the individual who lashed out venomously , will have be kissing his ass for the rest of his career. That’s probably got to be a sweet bonus prize as a man: your hater basically bowing down before you.

    All that being considered, he’s most likely staying in Miami if they win this year.

  • shockexchange

    As a kid, when the Shock Exchange found out Lola Falana and Steve McQueen were involved, SE was okay with it … as if …

  • Dfrance

    My point is that its fake love. If he really cared so much about LeBron as a Cavs player, he wouldn’t have spewed that venom on him moments after leaving. IMO

  • Dfrance

    Along the same lines, I don’t see how any current player can feel like the owner fully has their back, after it was so easy for him to turn around and sh1t on LBJ before his plane landed in Miami. lol

  • Dfrance

    This convo got so weird after I left. lol

  • sim888

    Returning the Cavs would be an advertisers dream come true.
    I can see the Nike commercials already; Return of The King, The Prodigal Son returns….make some funny ones with Peter Dinklage or Monty Python :P

    I just can’t see him returning though, not with how the Cavs are looking. Like others have said, the outcome of this year will play a massive part in what he does (obviously!) – If Miami wins it all again does that ‘cement his legacy’ enough to make him go back home with less (more?) burden, or just increase the fire to stay for 4 – or simply take his talents to form another ‘big 3′ elsewhere?

  • Max

    That was exactly what I was thinking after I wrote it lmao.

  • JJ Jones

    I would be cautious about signing lebron he turns 30 at the end of this year and with certain offensive weaknesses still in his game I question how long he has as a top 2 player.

  • ratguts

    dude, your userpic totally looks like you’re wacking off. not really a good look.

  • JJ Jones

    Wtf does my pic have to dl with my comment. Grow the f**k up.

  • HS23

    Why be cautious. Hes going to be a top 5 player for the next 7 years imo. His offensive game is the best in the NBA. Don’t confuse what I said with the best scorer because they’re better scorers than Lebron in the league. Just because the dude doesn’t jack up tough shots doesn’t mean his offensive game is weak. James is the one of the smartest players you will find. He realizes that a layup is a better shot than a 3 point shot or a mid range shot. His offensive game isn’t flashy, its all about substance hence the high PER, stats etc.

  • JJ Jones

    I highly doubt it. I hope I’m wrong but you have to understand that his transition game is a very vital part of his game. Hes still limited in the halfcourt and it takes a lot of offensive versitility (jordan/kobe) to remain effective past 30. Just look at wade(who’s just a smaller version of lebron)

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  • bringbackthesonics

    People might be less likely to take your comments seriously if you look like your jerking off in your profile pic.

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