|Posted by shawn cassidy on January 7, 2014 at 2:45 PM|
Deng leaves the Bulls as the fourth-leading scorer in franchise history behind Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Bob Love. Deng will be asked to do a lot with the Cavs, they hope to reach the playoffs for the first time, since James walked out on them in 2010.
The next move for Bynum? The Clippers, Heat, and Knicks will reach out to the center, and wouldn't that be a jab at Cleveland if Bynum joins the Heat. The Bulls are clearly waiving the white flag on the 2013-14 season.
In a move that has the Cleveland Cavaliers thinking about the present and the Chicago Bulls thinking about the future, the teams executed a major trade late Monday. The Bulls are sending two-time All-Star Luol Deng to the Cavs for Andrew Bynum, three future draft picks and major salary savings.
The Cavs, looking to end a three-year playoff drought, are attempting to make a run by acquiring Deng to shore up the small forward position. They parlayed Bynum's team-friendly contract into a piece to put next to young guards Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters.
Deng, 28, is averaging 19 points, 6.9 rebounds and 3.7 assists in 23 games. He has been bothered by an injured Achilles that caused him to miss nine games over the past six weeks. He has returned to play in the Bulls' past three games. The Cavs, who have lost eight of their past nine games and have been missing Irving with a knee injury, are hoping Deng helps them turn things around.
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