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Bynum traded to Bulls for Luol Deng

The Cleveland Cavaliers are serious about their quest to make the playoffs this year. On Monday, they dealt center Andrew Bynum, along with three draft picks, to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for small forward Luol Deng.

Deng is averaging 19 points, 6.9 rebounds and 3.7 assists in 23 games played this season. The 28 year old has missed 9 games over the past month and a half because of an aggravated Achilles, but he has played in the last three games for the Bulls. The Cavs are hopeful that Deng will be able to stay healthy and pick up the slack while point guard Kyrie Irving is out with a knee injury. They have lost eight of their last 9 games, and they are depending on their young core, in addition to Deng, to perform and keep the team’s playoff hopes alive.

While Cleveland is doing everything in their power to make the playoffs now, Chicago is looking to the future. After Derrick Rose’s second knee injury in as many years, the Bulls are 14-18. They are sitting at 6 th place in the Eastern Conference, but have no chance of winning a championship without Rose. The Bulls will waive Bynum by 5 p.m. Tuesday, clearing his $12.3 million and putting them below the luxury tax threshold.

The Bulls received a future first-round draft pick from the Cavs that they got from the Sacramento Kings when they traded J. J. Hickson in 2011. They will get the pick if it drops outside the top 12 in the 2014 draft or outside the top 10 selections in any of the following three drafts. Chicago also gets the 2015 and 2016 second round picks owed to the Cavs by the Portland Trailblazers. To top off the deal, the Bulls can trade draft spots with the Cavs in 2015 if they pick later than 14 th. This is all in addition to the Bulls’ own 2014 draft pick and the Charlotte Bobcats’ pick if it falls out of the top 10. The Bulls are poised to reap the benefits of the upcoming, star-studded draft and begin to build around Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah.

Before making the deal for Deng, the Cavs negotiated with the Los Angeles Lakers in an attempt to acquire Pau Gasol. The Lakers were reluctant to give up Gasol, and the Cavs, after a week of talks, gave up as well to concentrate on the offer from the Bulls.

Bynum will most likely clear waivers and become a free agent by the end of the week. Possible destinations for Bynum include the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Clippers, and Miami Heat.



By: Jason Dobkin
Pro Basketball Fans Writer


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