Andrew Bynum has been suspended by the Cavaliers for conduct detrimental to the team, and they are looking to move on from the center. They will likely waive him before his contract becomes guaranteed on January 7th, but they are trying to trade him if they can. Any team that trades for Bynum will be doing so for salary reasons, and he will likely not suit up for the team who acquires him.
The Chicago Bulls were reported to be interested in Bynum, as owner Jerry Reinsdorf does not like paying the luxury tax, and this move would save them some money. Luol Deng is on the trading block, so a Bynum-Deng swap seemed likely. Well, according to the Chicago Tribune, that move isn’t happening:
That means, if the Bulls were to trade Deng for Bynum and waive him, they could save roughly $20 million in salary and tax payments. That isn’t happening, according to sources.
As previously reported, the Bulls hope to re-sign Deng this summer in free agency. Also as previously reported, though the Bulls aren’t seeking to trade Deng, if a team offered a rotation player and first-round pick in advance of February’s trade deadline, they would consider such an offer.
There is no interest in trading Deng as a salary dump.
It seems as if Bynum may just be waived, and will probably sign with a contender. Now that Kyrie Irving is seriously injured, they will probably just move on. Either way, this has been an ugly ending to this marriage, and it is unclear if Bynum will ever play basketball again.