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Luol Deng trade: Cleveland Cavaliers ready to compete after Luol Deng trade

Luol Deng now becomes a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers
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Luol Deng trade rumors finally led to something for the Cleveland Cavaliers. A Luol Deng trade for Andrew Bynum, completed by the Cavaliers on Monday night (Jan. 6), shows fans that the team is ready to compete right now. A report from early Tuesday (Jan. 7) goes into detail about the deal, with the Cavs also giving up three future draft picks to complete the transaction. It was a small price to pay for a former NBA All-Star that helps the roster a lot.

The picks that the Cavs gave up are a protected first-round pick they acquired from the Sacramento Kings and two future second-round picks that they acquired from the Portland Trail Blazers. It was enough to entice the Chicago Bulls to take on the contract of Bynum for now and give up a player that could really make a big difference in the push for the postseason in the Eastern Conference.

So far this season, Deng is averaging 19.0 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game. He will step right into the starting lineup for the Cleveland Cavaliers and make the team much better on offense. Putting him out there with Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson, and Anderson Varejao in an improving lineup for the team. Now the Luol Deng trade rumors will come to a close and fantasy basketball owners can move forward knowing where he will play the rest of the 2013-14 NBA season. He is likely to either equal or improve upon his current numbers.

The standings heading into Tuesday have the Cavaliers as the 13th team in the East, but they are also only four games behind the Detroit Pistons for that No. 8 slot. The team might now have the offense to make a big push.

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