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Report: Bulls not interested in trading Luol Deng for Andrew Bynum

Jan 1, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT


In the same report that had the Lakers in discussions with the Cavaliers about a possible trade of Pau Gasol for Andrew Bynum, there was talk that the Bulls may be interested in a similar salary dump by offering up Luol Deng to Cleveland in exchange for the suspended center.

The move from Chicago’s side wouldn’t be to engage in a reclamation project where Bynum is concerned, but instead it would be a move to cut around $20 million in salary and tax costs in what appears to be a lost Bulls season.

But like the Lakers, the Bulls organization is committed to winning over cost-cutting, so the rumored interest in a Deng for Bynum swap doesn’t appear to be real at this time.

From K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune:

That example should quell any lingering whispers of the Bulls trading Luol Deng forAndrew Bynum, whom the Cavaliers are shopping after suspending him for conduct detrimental to the team. The second half of Bynum’s $12.25 million salary can be waived before Jan. 7.

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.

The example noted in the story goes back to last season, when Chicago had offers to take Rip Hamilton off its hands in exchange for a first round draft pick, which would have accomplished the same goal of getting the Bulls below the luxury tax line.

Chicago hopes to re-sign Deng as a free agent this summer, but would entertain offers of a rotation player and a pick in exchange for his services. For now, though, the Bulls aren’t interested in giving up any part of their future just to save a few (million) dollars.

  1. thomaskouns - Jan 1, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    I thought this article had to be a joke at first.

    Trade a productive player, good defender and ‘team guy’ for an injury-ridden malcontent.


  2. vikes69 - Jan 1, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    the only way a team would trade for bynum is if the team is trading a way a bad contract, which the cavs wont want to take because they are a small market team. No trade will be happening anytime soon.

  3. buffalo65 - Jan 1, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    Maybe throw in Bennett.

  4. stayhigh_247 - Jan 1, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    The Bulls front office is already catching heat for not having a backup plan and having to scramble and find DJ Augustin (who is playing well btw) the people would chase Gar Forman out of town for trading a fan favorite like Deng for Bynum under any conditions. Deng should be a Bull for life, he’s earned that much from them. Taj, Deng, Noah & Rose are the nucleus unless ur getting a K Love, LaMarcus Aldridge type player back what would be the point?

    • philtration - Jan 1, 2014 at 4:58 PM

      Deng should be a Bull for life because he’s earned that much?
      How is that?
      By making a couple of all-star teams?
      By becoming injury prone and refusing to have surgery on his wrist so he could play in the Olympics for England?
      By making over $14 million a year but never averaging 20 points a game even once during his career?
      Deng, Gibson and Noah are all 28 years old right now.
      Jimmy Butler (24) and Tony Snell (22) are your future at Deng’s position and they should trade him now before they get nothing at all in return.

      • philtration - Jan 1, 2014 at 5:54 PM

        By the way….
        If Charlotte continues to not suck and they do not have one of the 10 worst records this season the Bulls will get their #1 pick in the draft from the Tyrus Thomas trade.
        If the season ended right now the Bulls would get a lottery pick and the 12th pick in what will be the best NBA draft in years.
        A perfect time to move on.

        Go Charlotte!

    • antistratfordian - Jan 1, 2014 at 6:35 PM

      Deng hasn’t earned anything. In a perfect world his contract would be much smaller and he’d always watch the All-Star game from home.

    • belleby123 - Jan 4, 2014 at 10:49 AM

      The Bulls should trade John Paxson for Bynum. That would fix a lot of things.

  5. sumkat - Jan 1, 2014 at 6:04 PM

    In other news, I am not interested in trading $1000 for a half eaten White Castle cheeseburger

  6. jetnotjets - Jan 1, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    That ‘Original Report’ was released at about 4:30 in the morning and was written by Brian Windhorst and Ramona Shelburne. Anybody ever heard of them? Me neither. The story has no legs. Good for the Bulls for shooting the rumors down quickly. I’m convinced ESPN makes us rumors like this just to get story lines and website clicks from large markets in bad years. With their stars out and losses mounting, fans aren’t exactly flocking to the Lakers & Bulls pages to read up on their teams. Solution? Trade rumor for both markets from sports reporters no one has ever heard of. Web site hits galore.

    • Kurt Helin - Jan 2, 2014 at 2:48 AM

      Brian Windhorst and Ramona Shelburn are both well connected, quality reporters who have broken stories before. If you don’t know who they are you don’t read a lot of NBA writing about the Lakers or Heat.

    • antistratfordian - Jan 2, 2014 at 3:54 PM

      I’ve certainly heard of Windhorst and Shelburne.

  7. paulrinn - Jan 3, 2014 at 1:37 AM

    Also in the news, the Bulls refuse to give Cleveland a bite of their ice cream.

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