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Cleveland Cavaliers acquire Luol Deng in trade with Chicago Bulls

By Alex Jordan,

The Cleveland Cavaliers acquired forward Luol Deng in a trade with the Chicago Bulls for center Andrew Bynum on Tuesday.

The Cavaliers also sent the Bulls a first-round pick (via Sacramento), two second-round selections and the Bulls can swap the pick to 2015 if the Cavs aren't lottery-bound, according to the Associated Press. The Cavaliers are currently 11-23, and have lost eight of their last nine games. They will probably miss the playoffs again. They hope that Deng can help improve their team.

"He's a guy who has won and won deep in the playoffs," Cavaliers coach Mike Brown said. "He has the ability to score, defend, moves well without the basketball, knows how to play offense very well, can post up, score off the screens, versatile. He brings a lot of everything."

Bynum will be waived by the Bulls before the rest of his $12.3 million contract becomes guaranteed on Tuesday. By parting with Bynum, the Bulls will drop below the luxury-tax threshold and save almost $15 million, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Deng said goodbye to Chicago via Twitter: "You will hear a lot of can't and a lot of won't, but you give it everything you can because you believe in yourself and your teammates. You push yourself with your heart, mind and soul, and smile every night knowing you put love and passion into it. Thank you, Chicago."

For the 2013-2014 season, Deng is averaging 19 points and 6.9 rebounds. The Cavaliers need someone who can score and be a leader. Hopefully Deng can help improve the struggling Cavaliers.

image: Wikimedia Commons

 

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