The 2013-14 NBA season – Luol Deng’s tenth year in the league – were all played with the Chicago Bulls. As the team looks toward a new future, Tom Thibodeau’s glue guy will find himself in a new jersey for the remainder of the season and, likely, for the foreseeable future. Late last night (January 6th, 2014) the Bulls announced an agreement with the Cleveland Cavaliers to swap Luol Deng for Andrew Bynum and three draft picks. Expect the Bulls to waive oft-injured Andrew Bynum and use the draft picks to slowly rebuild the team or trade for proven talent in the off-season. Luol Deng, a two-time All Star, was never the go-to, crunch time player Bulls’ fans craved. But his play was far from average; Deng played excellent defense and thrived as a second or third scoring option when Derrick Rose and Carlos Boozer were both on the court. I’m sure Joakim Noah will give him plenty of restaurant recommendations as he settles into the city of Cleveland.
In addition to sending Bynum’s contract to Chicago, the Cavaliers also conveyed to the Bulls a future draft pick via the Sacramento Kings (Sacramento’s conditional regular first round selection in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 otherwise, Sacramento’s 2017 regular second round pick if it falls between 31-55).
Cleveland also conveyed to Chicago the Portland Trail Blazers’ 2015 and 2016 regular second round draft picks, which were held by the Cavaliers. In addition, if Cleveland is not in the NBA Draft Lottery in 2015, the Bulls have the right to switch regular first round selections with the Cavaliers.
Niral Patel ~ SecCitySportsReport@gmail.com