Cleveland brought in Luol Deng because owner Dan Gilbert laid down a “playoffs or bust” mandate and then GM Chris Grant realized they were more bust — even in the lowly East — so he tried to add an All-Star level player at their weakest spot.
That likely will not work (Cleveland is three games out of the last playoff spot in the East, and it didn’t save Grant’s job as he was canned anyway) but it creates another issue — after looking around the situation in Cleveland Deng reportedly plans to leave as a free agent this summer. He doesn’t want to stick around.
Which means Cleveland is considering trading him again, reports Brian Windhorst of ESPN.
Ken Berger of CBSSports.com confirmed this as well.
Under the rules of the CBA Cleveland can trade Deng however they cannot package him with anyone else in a trade. Also, he can’t go back to Chicago.
Because of the situation any offers the Cavs get are likely lowball ones — if a team is really interested in Deng they can wait until this summer and try to sign him as a free agent and not have to surrender a player or picks to get him.
However, teams feeling they need a boost to make a playoff push this season (Golden State? Minnesota?) could be willing to rent him, especially if they feel it gives them a leg up on re-signing him this summer.
I’d personally bet against a deal getting done, but it’s something to watch the next couple days.
Alan Anderson had surgery last May on his left ankle to remove some bone spurs. This wasn’t seen as anything major, so the Washington Wizards signed him to a deal and are counting on him to bring some versatility and depth to their wings.
However, that same ankle has bothered him since the opening of training camp and on Tuesday the Wizards announced that he had undergone another surgery to “remove a small bony fragment in his left ankle.”
There is no timetable for his return.
The Wizards liked Anderson because of his shooting and versatility — he can play the two, three or four depending on the lineup. The Wizards are counting on a combination of Otto Porter, Jared Dudley, and Anderson to fill the void left by Paul Pierce.
But they are going to have to wait a little while for Anderson to join the party.
Kevin Garnett is as good a trash talker as there is in the NBA right now. He’s one of the games’ legendary talkers.
And he welcomed Bulls rookie Bobby Portis to the NBA in his own special way during Saturday’s Chicago/Minnesota preseason game. From Vincent Goodwill of CSNChicago.com.
Beautiful use of the Honey Nut Cheerios reference.
Hoiberg was a teammate of KG’s back in Minnesota from 2003-2005. Hoiberg did nothing but praise Garnett after the game. He’s probably good with KG pushing Portis.
Watch out for Portis this season, he’s going to show he shouldn’t have fallen so far down the board.