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Luol Deng fills hole for Cavaliers; Bulls waive Andrew Bynum

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INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — With their season quickly sliding toward yet another trip to the NBA lottery, the Cleveland Cavaliers had to do something to slow their freefall toward irrelevance.

They needed a scorer, a defender, a leader, and perhaps most importantly, someone to show their young players how to win.

Luol Deng fills every hole.

The Cavs acquired Deng, a two-time All-Star small forward with Chicago, early Tuesday in a trade from the Bulls for Andrew Bynum, the enigmatic center whom Cleveland signed to a unique contract during the summer but recently dismissed for detrimental conduct.

In Deng, the Cavs believe they’re getting a multi-faceted player.

‘‘He’s a guy who has won and won deep in the playoffs,’’ Cavs coach Mike Brown said.

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