The Chicago Bulls came seemingly out of the blue on early Tuesday morning to trade a small forward they almost killed last postseason to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Andrew Bynum. The upside int he deal, at least for objective fans, is that the drama between he Cavs and Andrew Bynum is over and he’s now Chicago’s problem to handle.
And handle him they will. The Bulls are expected to waive Bynum as soon as they officially acquire him from the Cavaliers on Tuesday morning making him a free agent to sign wherever he pleases.
Big money saved is indeed one of the big kickers in this surprise trade as the Bulls will only have to payout Bynum’s $6 million guaranteed contract rather than Deng’s $14.2 million for the rest of the season. This means that the Bulls will get back under the luxury tax and have money to play with in the offseason when they bring over Nikola Mirotic from Real Madrid.
Chicago also gets three draft picks in the trade, something else that helps them build for the future, something they have to lean on in this lame duck season. The Bynum drama is over in Cleveland but we’re not done hearing about him as once the Bulls cut him, the drama extends to the other teams in the NBA he’ll undoubtedly be linked to.