Dec 30, 2013; Memphis, TN, USA; Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah (13) during the first quarter against the Memphis Grizzlies at FedEx Forum. Chicago Bulls beat the Memphis Grizzlies 95 - 91. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Trade Rumors: Chicago Bulls may trade Joakim Noah to clear more cap space


The Chicago Bulls made a money saving move on Monday night when they pulled the trigger on a trade that sent All-Star forward Luol Deng to the Cleveland Cavaliers for what amounted to draft picks. Andrew Bynum’s contract was just part of the money saving aspect of the deal as the Bulls cleared around $20 million in cap space and got back under the luxury tax threshold.

But the trading may not be over and the Bulls may continue to throw fuel overboard as their season crashes and burns. According to ESPN insider Chad Ford, who held a weekly NBA chat session, the Bulls may end up moving Joakim Noah if another great deal comes around.

Before fans get too crazy over the idea, it’s not likely to happen. Tires being kicked on a trade and one actually happening are two different things, and trading Noah would be a last resort for the Bulls if even that.

The Bulls trading Deng was a great deal, no matter how fans may feel personally about Deng. They acquired $20 million in cap space and draft picks to help build for the future or move up in this year’s draft to take someone like Jabari Parker. Noah is an anchor on this team but Chicago belongs to Derrick Rose.

Moving Noah would be a sure-fire signal that the Bulls are tanking, something almost everyone assumes anyways. Ford mentions that a lot of chatter has involved Noah in trade circles and Chicago apparently hasn’t counted out trading him. Ric Bucher published a report in late 2013 that stated the Bulls discussed a LaMarcus Aldridge for Joakim Noah trade over the summer, which means trading him isn’t a new idea.

Clearing Noah’s salary would mean the Bulls could assemble a slew of top free agents, but Ford points out that Luol Deng is among those op free agents this offseason, which highlights the problems in Chicago.

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  • MIDDLEMAN

    THIS ARTICLE IS PURE UNSOURCED BS

    • MIDDLEMAN

      AND THEY STILL HAVEN’T CLEARED CAPSPACE AS THEY SIT AT $66MM TOTAL PAYROLL ON A 58MM LEAGUE CAP. FACTS MATTER SO FIND SOMETHING TO WRITE ABOUT THAT IS BASED ON FACT.

  • Randy Challenge

    you’re an idiot Trade Noah to clear space are you on drugs? Amazes me that someone would actually take the time to write all this when they don’t even understand basketball.

  • Shauntē Mordecai Woodard

    Stop crying you guys got Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol
    #lakerfan

  • Chicago Ko

    Chicago Bulls may trade Joakim Noah… it’s not likely to happen.

    Thanks for this useless article, because I can clearly see you’re trying to get that click bait and damn it Josh Hill, it worked.

    Look, the Bulls, no doubt are in a tough position when your superstar goes down to another season ending injury. Trading Noah isn’t an option if you still want some parts of your team intact after this rebuild. Noah is a unique big man in this league and there isn’t a lot of big man that has his skillset; passing, basketball IQ, hustle, energy, leadership and maturity. Sure, his game may not be sexy and worthy of nightly highlights but he’s the core of the Bulls, the engine spark, the emotional and vocal leader and importantly, Derrick’s best friend. You don’t want to really piss off your superstar. You’ve already traded two of his guys; Luol and coach Ron Adams.

    Trading Noah would completely take the wheels off this wagon.