The Cavs traded for Deng in January despite not knowing if the British international would be willing to sign a contract at the end of the season.
After failing to make the playoffs and firing their head coach, it seems that Deng has seen enough of Cleveland and is unwilling to even consider the team has a free-agency candidate.
That could suit the Cavaliers just fine as, despite only just missing out on the playoffs, have been awarded the first pick in the NBA draft by virtue of the draft lottery.
Aside from the chance to acquire one of the very best college players in the country it seems that the Cavs never really wanted to keep hold of Deng anyway.
Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal (via PBT) said:
"The Cavs could increase their chances of retaining free agent Luol Deng should they hire [former Bulls assistant Adrian Griffin] to be their coach, but the Cavs tried trading Deng at the trade deadline three months ago and haven’t expressed much interest in bringing him back."
So it seems as if the Cavaliers are ready to move away from Deng and head in a new direction with Kyrie Irving leading the backcourt and possibly an added scoring threat of Jabari Parker or Andrew Wiggins. The big man alternative of Joel Embiid is also an option with the first pick in the draft.
It is not yet clear where Deng would prefer to go in free agency but with almost a decade spent in the city, a return to the Chicago Bulls cannot be ruled out at this stage.