The Cavaliers acquired All-Star forward Luol Deng from the Chicago Bulls for center Andrew Bynum, three draft picks and the right to swap 2015 first-round picks (lottery protected), the team announced early Tuesday morning.
The Cavs sent their rights to a Sacramento Kings' first-round draft pick and 2015 and '16 second-round picks acquired from the Trail Blazers in 2013 trade. The first-round pick from the Kings is protected for the first 12 selections in 2014 and the first 10 in 2015-17. If not conveyed by then, it would turn into a second-round pick. It could also end up not being conveyed at all.
“We are very excited for Luol to join the Cavaliers organization,” General Manager Chris Grant said in a news release. “We have worked to acquire and maintain flexibility in order to capitalize on opportunities such as this. 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.”
By trading Bynum before 5 p.m. on Tuesday, the Cavs only had to pay him $6 million of his $12.5 million salary for 2013-14.
Deng is averaging a career-best 19.0 points per game in 23 starts for the Bulls.
Deng was an All-Star the past two seasons and was named to the NBA All-Defensive second team in 2012.