Posted January 07, 2014

Cavaliers trade Andrew Bynum, draft picks to Bulls for Luol Deng

Andrew Bynum, Ben Golliver, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Luol Deng
Andrew Bynum and Luol Deng

After Monday’s trade, Andrew Bynum (left) is set to become a free agent and Luol Deng is headed to Cleveland. (Bart Young; Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

The Cavaliers traded center Andrew Bynum and multiple draft picks to the Bulls for forward Luol Deng on Monday night.

In addition to Bynum, the Bulls will receive the Kings’ 2014 first-round pick (top-12 protected), the Trail Blazers’ 2015 and 2016 second-round picks, and the right to swap 2015 first-round picks with the Cavaliers (if Cleveland’s selection falls between 15-30).

“We are very excited for Luol to join the Cavaliers organization, ” Cleveland general manager Chris Grant said in a statement. “We have worked to acquire and maintain flexibility in order to capitalize on opportunities such as this. Luol reflects all that we are striving for in building our team. He’s a tremendous defensive player that can impact the game on both ends of the court with a team-first mentality and is a high character leader.”

he Bulls acquired Deng on the night of the 2004 NBA draft, and he had spent the entirety of his nine-plus year career with the organization.

GOLLIVER: Grading the deal for the Cavaliers and the Bulls

“We have great respect for Luol Deng, as a player and a person,” Bulls GM Gar Forman said in a statement. “He has been an incredible contributor to our team on the court, and he has also done great things in the community. On behalf of the entire Bulls organization, I want to thank Luol for his years in Chicago. … The moves made today will put us in a better position to make the entire roster stronger for the future and to compete for a championship.”

RealGM.comESPN.com and the Akron Beacon-Journal first reported the deal’s framework.

Bynum, 26, was suspended by Cleveland last month for conduct detrimental to the team after an incident during practice. The 2012 All-Star center has been limited by knee injuries this season and his partially guaranteed $12.3 million contract was set to become fully guaranteed later this week. By trading for Bynum this week, the Bulls are able to release him and escape paying the remaining $6.3 million left on his 2013-14 salary.

Deng, 28, is averaging 19 points, 6.9 rebounds and 3.7 assists this season. He is making $14.3 million in the final year of his deal and is reportedly seeking a new, multi-year contract that will top eight figures per year. The two-time All-Star forward has been among the league leaders in minutes played in recent years, and he is regarded as a superior wing defender.

Yahoo! Sports reported Monday that Deng rejected a three-year, $30 million contract extension offer from the Bulls last week.

Cleveland has been looking to fill its small forward position for some time and had reportedly been weighing the possibility of trading for Jazz forward Richard Jefferson this week. At 11-23, the Cavaliers are three games out of the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference despite entering the year with postseason aspirations. Deng’s addition could help fuel a playoff push this season, and the Cavaliers are in a flexible cap position with the ability to offer him the big-dollar deal he desires.

The move also cuts ties with Bynum, who averaged 8.4 points and 5.3 rebounds in 24 games but had apparently worn out his welcome. Bynum’s ability to cope with the injuries and the mental transition to becoming a lesser player have been looming. In November, Bynum told reporters that he had given “serious thought” to retirement because of his ongoing knee issues, which he called “career-threatening” and which already cost him his entire 2012-13 season with Philadelphia.

“I’m worried about the guys in the locker room,” Cavaliers coach Mike Brown said in December after Bynum’s suspension, according to The Associated Press. “It’s as simple as that. In our business there are a lot of ups and a lot of downs throughout the season. I think you all understand that. So what you do as a head coach is you keep moving forward.”

Chicago, meanwhile, has seen its year torpedoed by a season-ending knee injury to Derrick Rose. With a payroll approaching $80 million, the Bulls were well over the $71.7 million luxury-tax threshold before the move. Once Bynum is released, the Bulls will be able to get under the tax line.

Bynum will become an unrestricted free agent after the Bulls waive him. Recent reports have linked the Heat and Clippers to interest in his services.

64 comments
Pacer430692
Pacer430692

Pelicans, with Ryan Anderson out need a center, we should sign him move AD back to PF and do something about Aminu, we would be a powerhouse

ChicagoWeather
ChicagoWeather

The Bulls need to make a trade to get Jabari Parker. Any team that gets Parker, and has some solid role players are instant contenders.

Joseph Rodocker
Joseph Rodocker

Right the all of our infamous electoral votes in OHIO are saying "thank you" Mr. David Stern for such a wonderful idea called the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). Now big money teams who spend foolishly have to pay the piper. So lets bundle two 2nd round picks, a washed up bum, and a super protected 1st rounder that will ultimately turn into a 2017 2nd rounder and ask for leading scorer? LMAO! ITS SUNNY IN CLEVELAND! All-Pro Luol Deng in the clearance section? YES PLEASE.

MMoney0021
MMoney0021

Anyone who thinks the Bulls were foolish for making this trade has no idea how the NBA works.  The window of opportunity officially closed this year with Rose going down yet again.  So for the third straight year, a legit contender to the Miami Heat, becomes a fringe playoff team from a talent standpoint.  


Currently the Bulls have cap space, 2 future first round picks from Sacramento and Charlotte and the ability to tank and get into the lottery this season with what is considered to be the most talented draft class since LeBron James's class.  


This trade makes total sense seeing as though your window of winning a championship officially closed with this group of players.  Its time to start over, considering you do not know if Rose is still the corner stone player he once was or the next Brandon Roy and this is coming from one of the biggest Rose fans you will find.

Mark20
Mark20

Bynum=Locker room cancer, and he says he hates playing B ball. So he's going to be a free agent. If anyone picks him up they have lost their minds.

tonybot3
tonybot3

"Nobody says, 'i'm going to Chicago for vacation" - Deng

ScottHoward
ScottHoward

Why would anyone want Andrew Bynum as part of their organization?   This guy has spelled trouble for teams ever since the UConn situation before he even entered the league.  

VirakChan
VirakChan

I like this deal. Deng is a beast and he's given Chicago his best for almost a decade, but getting 2 1st Rounders and 2 2nd rounders will make this team better in the long run. No so sure we can trust D Rose that much at this point.

WilyCoyoteSuperGenius
WilyCoyoteSuperGenius

Cleveland demonstrates once again why LeBron left and they will never be a title team. Should have just cut Bynum and walked away. Deng will leave after this season.

Bullsfanscamaro
Bullsfanscamaro

okay, bulls fans let me take everything about this situation that pisses me off and try to make us all happy, okay first before deng went down he was scoring almost 30 points a game and was just going beast and carrying this team on his back, but we would have gone no where with deng we would have been a 7th or 8th seed and got out in the first or second round of the playoffs. but trading luel deng for andrew bynum isn't very accurate were clearing cap space so lets just say trading luel for bynum is kinda like trading luel for carmelo anthony or someone of his talents we need a 2nd superstar and deng wasn't going to be that, if we tank this season could turn into the best season for bulls fans ever we could tank get jabari parker, sign carmelo in the off season get rid of boozer bump taj up to his deserved starting power forward spot. All I can say is if next year our starting lineup was this I would be okay seeing deng go

pg. D ROSE

sg. J. Parker

sf. C. Anthony 

pf. T. Gibson

C. J. Noah

shamrockpapa
shamrockpapa

Once again the Laker front office screwed up, nothing new they have been on that course for a few years now.

marcusb2323
marcusb2323

Cavs had to make this move.  Bynum was bad for the payroll and the locker room.  This is Irving's squad and we need him to show leadership (ie Isiah or Magic)...a guy who wins by making everyone better.  



joyer29
joyer29

How are the Kings and Trailblazers involved in this deal?

ChiefG
ChiefG

I never agreed with the Bynum signing to begin with and said it would bite the Cavs in the a**.

Well, it did. And then we gave away too much to get rid of him.

Joseph Rodocker
Joseph Rodocker

Chris Grant for GM OF THE YEAR! FIRST he arranged this strategically structured contract that could become a debt relief for clubs who are swimming in bad financial waters (Chicago and LA) and then he sends that smart contract with a lottery protected 1st round pick and two 2nd round picks for a top 5 SF! Brilliant! As a lifelong cavs fan I am a happy man today! We hardly gave up anything!

a_evangelista
a_evangelista

As a Pau Gasol fan, I'm pleased to hear this news. 


Voiceover310
Voiceover310

Good move by Chicago, clear cap space with Deng and NO cap hit when they cut Bynum, saves a lot of money for a max player signing in the off season. 

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

Hey D rose, have fun with him.......IF you ever play again, but only God knows when, right?

RickJohnson3
RickJohnson3

@VirakChan  Chicago did NOT receive two first rounders. They received ONE protected pick, that...guess what...turns into a second round pick if not able to be used by'17 and the ability to SWAP pics...not get a second first round pick. 


We may have just given away an all-star for 3 2nd round picks. Color me less than enthused

qt3dot14
qt3dot14

@Bullsfanscamaro youre acting like derrick rose is still a professional basketball player.  in the past two seasons he hasnt played much more than bynum and he sat out a closely contested playoff series when he was healthy and his team was depleted.  very bynum-like.

rose seems like a much nicer person than bynum but from a basketball standpoint they are about the same.

rose has (had) talent but no real skill.  that doesnt bode well for him after two knee surgeries.

DeanHewitt
DeanHewitt

@Bullsfanscamaro , WOW!  I hate to disappoint but unless the Bulls are trading, Rose, Noah, Butler, or Gibson, we are making the playoffs.  We have replaced Deng with Butler, who is a better sf.  So Snell, Dunleavy and Hinrich play more sg.  I expect another addition because the Bulls have to have 13 players and if they drop Bynum, that happens.

thunderbuddy19
thunderbuddy19

@Bullsfanscamaro Bulls aren't getting Carmelo. He already said if he leaves the Knicks, he's going to a star studded team so he'll have a chance at a ring against LeBron. I'm tired of everyone thinking they're getting Melo. As a Raptors fan, I know he's not going there. Sports Stations are speculating the Clippers or Houston

qt3dot14
qt3dot14

@marcusb2323you didnt really just put irving in the same potential category as isiah and magic?


how is trading bynum going to get irving to show leadership?  if he were a leader he would have inspired bynum to do something besides just cash the check.

chorne112
chorne112

@ChiefG How did we give away too much? We're acquiring a two time all star for scrap picks. The Bynum acquisition looks genius now by Grant as we were literally able to get Deng for 6.5 million and some 2nd round draft picks. Offer Deng better than 3 year/$30 mil next year, have him resign and we will look great. 


Chris10
Chris10

@Joseph Rodocker If he was such a good GM they never would have signed & feet of wasted space to begin with

JAY20
JAY20

@Joseph Rodocker 

He built that team to win this year... and they ended up being terrible so he traded Bynum. That's pretty much it. In your opinion he is executive of the year just because he moved Bynum? He shouldn't even in the discussion for Executive of the Year. You might want to take a look at what Masai Ujiri did to turn the Raptors around. 

Joseph Rodocker
Joseph Rodocker

Id take deng over pau anyday of the week, and twice on tuesday mornings at 2 am with the deadline clock ticking!

Joe R2
Joe R2

@RickJohnson3 @VirakChan 


I'm not thrilled either.  But it had to be done.  Deng was going to walk for nothing at the end of the year...

Bullsfanscamaro
Bullsfanscamaro

@DeanHewitt @Bullsfanscamaro I'm sorry to say this but I love Jimmy Buckets, but he's no luel right now, I believe in another season he's going to blossom into a superstar but the injury bug we have this year is going to give us an excuse to bomb.  Being a huge Bulls fan I would rather see us not win another game than get a 8th or 7th seed and not even make it out of the first but that's right now if derrick rose says he's coming back for the playoffs then hell yes I want us to keep it up but that's because our MVP can do anything. Without Derrick saying he's coming back this bulls team won't be a wow team until next year unless Big Jo carries the team on his back which may happen seeing how he's the best center in the game.

Bullsfanscamaro
Bullsfanscamaro

@thunderbuddy19 @Bullsfanscamaro Well i'm sorry to say but to bulls fans Derrick Rose is enough for us to still be a star studded team because Noah is a superstar and derrick rose is a superstar the Bulls are still a star studded team when rose comes back and because of those two im more than confident that we can land anyone.

ericmills820916252
ericmills820916252

@qt3dot14 @marcusb2323 Irving has the potential of becoming one of the best PGs of all time. If he stays clear from any serious injuries he can very well surpass Isiah and Magic.

 Irving is only 21 and on a bad team and STILL averages 20 points per game with an amazing FG% and FT%. Not to mention he is averaging nearly 6 assists, 4 rebounds and more than 1 steal a game. 

Joseph Rodocker
Joseph Rodocker

Perfectly structured contract. The CBA IS A LIFE SAVER

Joseph Rodocker
Joseph Rodocker

Ujiri is deserving, and probably will. But grant just took someone no one even wanted in the offseason gave him a brilliantly structured contract paired that with two 2nd rounders for L. DENG! EVEN IF ITS ONLY FOR ONE SEASON WE DIDNT GIVE UP ANYTHING! Cavs are still well under the cap and the kings pick will wind up being a 2017 2nd rounder!

Joseph Rodocker
Joseph Rodocker

Wtf? This kid is puffing on the crack glass! Noah the best center in the league? LMAO! YOU PEOPLE....

Joseph Rodocker
Joseph Rodocker

Lebron james has given chicago his middle finger for the last ten years in more ways than one! No way he even looks your direction!

slam2345
slam2345

@Bullsfanscamaro @thunderbuddy19  No no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no!  Carmelo isn't the answer!  People NEED to stop throwing it out there.  He's not a winner.  Not a bit.  The money they're saving from this (and amnestying Boozer) is going towards brining Nikola Mirotic over from Europe this summer.  


Melo will not be a Bull.  Please stop suggesting such a depressing situation.  Please, please, please.

Joseph Rodocker
Joseph Rodocker

YOU HOPE AND PRAY THEY GET BETTER, BECAUSE IF NOT YOUR BULLS JUST TRADED GOLD FOR $HIT

Bullsfanscamaro
Bullsfanscamaro

@Joseph Rodocker That's where your wrong look at the kings right now, Rudy Gay and Issiah Thomas won't keep the kings in the top 10 and thats not even saying cousins the kings will be kind to the bulls and give us a 11-20th pick