BREAKING: Cavs acquire Luol Deng in trade with Bulls
After many weeks of rumors filling up blogs and websites, the long anticipated departure of Andrew Bynum from the Cleveland Cavaliers has finally come to fruition. In return the Cavs acquire All-Star forward Luol Deng from the Chicago Bulls. The Bulls will also receive three future draft picks with the choice to switch first round picks in 2015. However, the draft pick is 1-14 protected, so if the Cavs were to bomb, they would keep their lottery pick.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have acquired All-Star forward Luol Deng from the Chicago Bulls in exchange for center Andrew Bynum, three future draft picks and the right to swap 2015 first round picks with the Cavs (1-14 protected), Cavaliers General Manager Chris Grant announced tonight from Cleveland Clinic Courts.
In exchange for Deng, the Cavs send Chicago Bynum, Cleveland’s right to the Sacramento King’s first round draft pick conveyed in a June 30, 2011 deal, the right for Chicago to swap its own 2015 first round draft pick with the Cavs own 2015 first round draft pick (only in the case that the Cleveland 2015 first round draft pick is between 15 and 30) and the Portland Trail Blazer’s 2015 and 2016 second round draft picks acquired from the Trail Blazers via 2013 draft night trade.
Deng is having a terrific year through 23 games this season. He’s dropping 19 points per game to go along with 6.9 rebounds and 3.7 dimes. Deng should help solidify the Cleveland perimeter defense while being a nice complimentary scoring punch to Kyrie Irving.