Luol Deng, one of the stand out Small Forwards in the NBA, has been traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for Andrew Bynum and three future draft picks.
For Chicago the loss of Deng will be a big hit, Luol and the team had been struggling to agree a contract extension and with star player Derrick Rose out for the rest of the season perhaps Chicago are trying to nab one of the lottery places, with the prospects of a first round pick and the ability to save $15 million in luxury taxes if they waive Bynum.
They still could snatch a playoff spot if Joakim Noah steps up but for now they’re heading straight for the lottery.
The trade sees Deng joining the Cavaliers until the end of the season, an NBA All-Star in each of the past two seasons, Deng will have a huge impact at both ends of the court of the Cavs.
Cleveland General Manager Chris Grant spoke earlier about the move saying: "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.”
As well as the instant movement, the trade brings up interesting implications for Cleveland, and by that I mean they seem to be setting their sights on LeBron James.
Lebron could opt out of his contract at the end of the season and the two places that seem most probable are New York and wait for it… CLEVELAND
The Cavs will have freed up money with the trade and could firmly be setting a target on the most recognisable face in the NBA.
And the potential of a LeBron move could have a knock on effect with Dwayne Wade's career, the two have linked up magnificently since LBJ joined the Heat.
But in a recent interview with ESPN he admitted it would matter “a lot” if LeBron decided to leave.
“I have nothing to prove from that standpoint," said Wade.
"I play now for to win championships. I play for the camaraderie, the brotherhood. I play just because I love the game.”
The trade implications could have a huge effect league-wide come the off season but for now the Cavaliers have managed to get a brilliant all star forward in Deng.
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