Apr 12, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward Luol Deng (left) is presented the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award by sports writer Mary Schmitt Boyer prior to a game against the Brooklyn Nets at Quicken Loans Arena. The award is named after the second commissioner of the NBA and is presented annually by the Professional Basketball Writers Association to the player, coach or trainer who shows outstanding service and dedication to the community. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

POLL results: Luol Deng, you’re wanted in Toronto!


Apr 4, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward Luol Deng (9) is defended by Atlanta Hawks center Pero Antic (6) during the first half at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Thanks to all of you who voted in our latest poll regarding the most desireable unrestricted free agents the Toronto Raptors should pursue. The results were overwhelmingly in favour of signing Luol Deng, who’s a Cleveland Cavalier until July 1. The Sudanese-born small forward garnered more than 50% of ballots cast. Finishing a badly beaten second was the Polish Hammer, Marcin Gortat, while veteran Pau Gasol was close behind his fellow European centre in third. Slightly twisted Pacer swingman Lance Stephenson brought up the rear.

I’m with you on this selection, Rapture Nation. Deng, who’s a British citizen because his family needed a place of refuge from African unrest, is a quality human being and then some. Read the caption of this post’s cover photo for proof. The last thing the Raps need is someone who will upset team chemisty, and Deng would appear to be anything but a troublemaker. The man can still play. He’s only 29, and averaged 16 points and almost 5 boards last season, which was split between Chicago and Cleveland.

I’m going to take a look at how much Luol would cost (he won’t come cheap!), and how his addition would ripple through our lineup, in an upcoming post.

Tags: Luol Deng Toronto Raptors

  • Take it in

    Deng deng deng

    • Newmarket_Brian

      Hi Tii:
      How do you really feel? LOL
      Check in tomorrow.
      Thanks for commenting.

      • Take it in

        Lol

  • Jensan

    Salmons, hansborough , PP , Buycks, Decolo , Stone and GV have to be renounced so their cap holds are released from the cap. Assuming that the cap hold is still in place for Lowry. This would allow the raptors approx . 14 million dollars under the cap for Deng or Cleveland could do a sign and trade to give Deng the extra year and maybe he would do 5/70 starting at 12 million still leaving a little room under the Cap.
    If the cap is over 63.6 the raptors could keep one of your RFA- GV for sure.
    Is lull Deng worth giving up Patrick Patterson
    Lowry , DD , Deng, Johnson and JV
    GV, TRoss, Fields, PF -1st round pick,
    Hayes, Novak, Cole Aldrich, MLE and 2nd round pick – hopefully 3PG .
    Starting 5 costs 43 million, 13 million for the next 4 , 14-15 million plus 2.6 million in buyouts. Total salaries 73.5 for 2014/15.
    For 2015/16 approx 19..2 with Amir Johnson is the key free agent with luxury tax approaching a projected 77 million or more
    Do you do the signing and give up on PP or GV . Me I would ask Deng to start his contract at 11.5 million with Maximum 7% increases , so that we keep PP and sign a backup point guard with more foot speed , just dont know that Deng accept 5/65.

    • Newmarket_Brian

      Hi Jensan:
      Having you been peeking at my next post? (;-)
      Check in tomorrow, please.
      Regards,
      Brian