The Cleveland Cavaliers have secured the services of Luol Deng from the Chicago Bulls in exchange for center Andrew Bynum and three future draft picks. Chicago will also have the right to swap 2015 first-round picks with the Cavaliers.
Deng has spent his entire career with the Bulls, drafted seventh overall by Chicago, going onto establish himself as a key part of the team over the course of 10 season, earning a place in the All Star line-up in the past two seasons.
While Deng is expected to step straight into the Cavaliers team, the Bulls look set to release Bynum in a move that will give them financial flexibility and help them build for the future once franchise player Derrick Rose returns from his lengthy injury layoff, which has had a significant impact on the Bulls’ odds with Betfair.
“We are very excited for Luol to join the Cavaliers organization. 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,” Cavaliers general manager Chris Grant said.
Deng will join a Cleveland Cavaliers side the currently finds itself outside the Eastern Conference playoff race. The 28-year old, who has spent time on the sidelines this season with a sore Achilles, has averaged 19 points and 6.9 rebounds for the Bulls this season and his signing will huge boost to a struggling Cleveland team in need of some quality at a crucial time of the season.
The 6ft 9in forward has brings a huge amount of experience with him to a young Cavaliers squad, not to mention his obvious talents at both ends of the court. It remains to be seen whether or not Deng’s arrival will be the difference between Cleveland reaching the playoffs, although having the Great Britain star in the team will certainly make the Cavaliers a more tempting bet with Betfair still be in contention by the time the postseason begins.