From the moment that former Cleveland Cavs center Andrew Bynum was traded to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for Luol Deng, it was a foregone conclusion that he would be waived in order for Chicago to save the remainder of this season’s salary in the deal. Now, that is reportedly a reality.
As expected, the Bulls just finalized the paperwork waiving Andrew Bynum, acquired in last night’s Luol Deng trade, league source says.
— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) January 7, 2014
Earlier in the day (or night, depending on where you reside), we brought you a report that Bynum was expected to be waived, but multiple outlets (including Ken Berger of CBS above) are reporting that the move has taken place. Bynum was a highly effective player in limited action with the Cavs, posting an above-average PER with good per minute numbers, but in the end, his desire to play there quickly evaporated, and that forced his exit from the organization.
Regardless of what you think of Bynum, he could certainly be a huge addition for a contender off the bench, presenting a size/strength combination that is rarely matched in today’s NBA for little-to-no cost. The Clippers have already made a move that some are equating with a pursuit of Bynum, and teams like the Heat are sure to be close behind. Stay tuned for the latest, but he’s officially a free agent.