I'm not gonna fault Kobe for taking the money if that's what they offered him. Not many, if any, players would turn that down.
However, I personally don't think it's a smart deal. Sure he's a Laker legend and one of the biggest draws in the league. But the guy is 35-36 coming off a major injury and you're giving him the highest paying contract in the league (At least annually). I have doubts of whether he'll still play at a high level after his return. But hey, maybe they felt they were doing what was best for the team.
According to BROUSSARD, the Cavs are shopping Dion Waiters, however, there is no deal imminent. Keep in mind that it's BROUSSARD. Only reason I somewhat believe Broussard is because other people have said that there have been some issues in the locker room involving Waiters.
I wonder how much the Cavs regret reaching for Waiters instead of taking Barnes or Drummond.
Turner, Shumpert and Deng all cited as possibilities. Deng is a steady and seasoned player so he'd by my choice because the team is in desperate need of some assurance at this juncture, it's best to act now when the season is still fairly young. If the team's fortunes don't improve with Deng, there is a loaded draft coming up and his contract expires at the end of the season.