There's the Okafor deal on the table, but would you guys revisit the Pau to Cleveland talks again?
And the general toxicity in the air around this team -- where rumblings of player discontent with Mike Brown are getting louder by the day -- makes you wonder if they have any hope of re-signing newly acquired (and shell-shocked) Luol Deng in free agency.
That's right: What was supposed to be a season exciting enough to make LeBron James think seriously about leaving Miami to come back to the Cavs has descended into such farce that sources close to the situation are already saying that there's little-to-no chance Deng will agree to stay once he hits free agency.
After a Pau for Deng deal, Cleveland would still be a non-tax payer and Pau's played for Brown, so there is a familiarity there. Also Pau would really help that toxic environment there. We also know that Deng was Grant's guy, so with Grant gone, the Cavs wouldn't want to lose Deng for nothing...they could try one last turnaround by bringing in the Spaniard.
I'm thinking that if you gave me a choice to have Bird Right's between Deng and Okafor, I would probably go with Deng. The problem with trading for Deng is that he would make us competitive again (hurting our lotto balls) while Okafor probably remains in street clothes. If you trade for Okafor, most likely that deal happens if LA gets a mid 1st round pick.
So what would you guys do?
BTW, trading for Deng also puts us that much closer to the tax apron. We would be about 2.3M away....so I would deal away Kaman and 3M (buyout) for a 2nd rounder.