Cavaliers GM Chris Grant pulled off a block buster deal sending big man Andrew Bynum out of Cleveland and into Chicago for all-star forward Luol Deng.
The Cavs were determined to part ways with Bynum before his guaranteed money kicked in today at 5:00PM. Grant pulled off a great deal getting not only Deng,he got rid of Bynum too and he had to give up some draft picks.
Bynum was bad news in Cleveland. Rumors had it that he slept with one of the Cavaliers coaches wives. Did it happen? Who knows, all we know is what the team has told us and then they suspended Bynum from all basketball activity.
His time in Cleveland was short-lived. Grant did the best he could to deal the big man and it seems as though he got his monies worth in the trade.
Deng brings a new set of skills to the Cavaliers. The Cavaliers explained the trade like this. In exchange for Deng, the Cavs send Chicago Bynum, Cleveland’s right to the Sacramento King’s first round draft pick conveyed in a June 30, 2011 deal, the right for Chicago to swap its own 2015 first round draft pick with the Cavs own 2015 first round draft pick (only in the case that the Cleveland 2015 first round draft pick is between 15 and 30) and the Portland Trail Blazer’s 2015 and 2016 second round draft picks acquired from the Trail Blazers via 2013 draft night trade.
Grant had this to say; “We are very excited for Luol to join the Cavaliers organization, ” “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.”
People in Cleveland should be excited about this trade. Deng has been an NBA All-Star in each of the past two seasons (2012 and 2013) and was named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team in 2012. He also received the NBA Sportsmanship Award in 2007 and All-Rookie First Team honors in 2005.
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