8 Jan 2014

Deng off to Cleveland

9:46 am on 8 January 2014

British NBA basketball forward Luol Deng has been traded by the Chicago Bulls to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a deal for Andrew Bynum and draft picks.

Deng, a 28-year-old All-Star born in what is now South Sudan, has averaged a career-best 19 points in 23 starts for the Bulls this season, also grabbing 6.9 rebounds and making 3.7 assists a game and connecting on 45 per cent of his shots from the court.

Deng would have become a free agent at the end of the season.

The Chicago Tribune reported he rejected an extension with the Bulls worth 12 million dollars a year for three or four seasons.

The Cavaliers sent Chicago three future NBA Draft picks and the right to swap 2015 first-round draft picks with Cleveland as well as centre Bynum.

For the Cavaliers, it will combine Deng with 21-year-old Australian-born star guard Kyrie Irving to make Cleveland more formidable in a weak Eastern Conference.