Found January 07, 2014 on Los That Sports Blog:
Tweet The Cleveland Cavaliers Monday night agreed to trade discontent center Andrew Bynum to the Chicago Bulls for Luol Deng and draft picks. The trade was first reported by Real GM’s Shams Charania before being confirmed by ESPN and other media outlets. Chicago will almost certainly waive Bynum Tuesday, creating around $20 million in salary and luxury tax savings. Along with the cap flexibility offered by Bynum’s contract, the Cavs are also sending a top-12 protected 2014 first round pick Cleveland is owed by the Sacramento Kings — the pick converts to a top-10 protected pick for 2015, 2016 or 2017 if it falls within this year’s top-12 — and second round picks in 2015 and 2016 that the Cavs are owed by the Portland Trail Blazers. Cleveland was anxious to deal Bynum before 5 pm January 7th, when the remaining $6 million of Bynum’s contract becomes guaranteed. Sending Bynum to the Bulls for Deng makes the Cavaliers deeper on the perimeter and should position them to end their three year playoff drought in the watered down Eastern Conference.  “We have worked to acquire and maintain flexibility in order to capitalize on opportunities such as this,” Cavs general manager Chris Grant said. “Luol reflects all that we are striving for in building our team. He’s a tremendous defensive player that can impact the game on both ends of the court with a team-first mentality and is a high character leader.” Bulls general manager Gar Forman was complimentary of Deng after the trade broke late Monday. “We have great respect for Luol Deng as a player and a person,” Forman said. “The moves made today will put us in a better position to make the entire roster stronger for the future and to compete for a championship.” Deng is in the final year of his contract, and rejected a three-year, $30 million extension offer from the Bulls last week, prompting Chicago to get some value now rather than lose Deng for nothing as a free agent. On the season, Deng, 28, is averaging a career-high 19 points per game along with 6.9 rebounds and 3.7 assists and is an above average perimeter defender. Cleveland can immediately plug Deng into their starting lineup to complement their core of Kyie Irving, Tristan Thompson and sixth man Dion Waiters. Bynum is expected to clear waivers and be pursued by a number of contending teams. He has averaged 8.4 points and 5.3 rebounds in 20 minutes per game with the Cavs before being suspended in late December for conduct detrimental to the team, leading to the inevitable end to his playing days with the Cavs. -ALR
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