Posted January 07, 2014

Bulls release Andrew Bynum following trade with Cavaliers

Andrew Bynum, Ben Golliver, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers
(Kevin C. Cox/ Getty Images Sport)

Andrew Bynum has been released by the Bulls. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images Sport)

The Bulls announced Tuesday the release of Andrew Bynum, who was acquired in a trade with the Cavaliers involving Luol Deng.

Bynum, 26, averaged 8.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 20 minutes per game over 24 appearances for Cleveland this season. He signed a two-year, $24.8 million contract with the Cavaliers in July, but his $12.6 million 2014-15 salary was non-guaranteed and his $12.3 million salary for 2013-14 was only partially guaranteed.

By waiving Bynum this week, Chicago avoids paying him $6.3 million, the remaining non-guaranteed portion of his contract, and moves below the luxury-tax line. Deng was on the books for $14.3 million this season, the final year of his current contract.

“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,” Bulls GM Gar Forman said in a statement announcing the trade.

GRADES: Cavaliers trade Andrew Bynum to Bulls for Luol Deng

Bulls executive John Paxson said that the trade will save the Bulls more than $20 million, according to the Chicago Tribune, in addition to netting multiple draft picks.

Bynum, a 2012 All-Star, will become an unrestricted free agent later this week. Recent reports indicated that the Heat and Clippers are interested in potentially signing him, even though his career has been derailed by injuries. Back 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.

The 2005 lottery pick won two titles with the Lakers before he was traded to the Sixers in 2012 as part of a four-team trade that landed Dwight Howard in Los Angeles. He averaged career-highs of 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds in 2011-12, his last season with the Lakers.

19 comments
donniejohnson4
donniejohnson4

Bynum still defends the basket like few people can, allowing around 37 percent shooting at the rim in his 20 minutes a game.  If he landed with the Heat, instead of a league-average defense, they'd have a top 5 defense whenever he was on the court.    

Matthew W
Matthew W

Whew....glad the Cavs didn't bail out the Lakers on the Pau trade. Let the Lakers take the salary cap hit and suffer through with their over the hill overpaid players.

FernandoR
FernandoR

Who cares about Bynum. Chicago just traded their best offensive and defensive player for nothing in return. No playoffs for them period. D. Rose is not too happy about it, I guarantee it.

WilyCoyoteSuperGenius
WilyCoyoteSuperGenius

Hopefully Bynum is done in the NBA. At some point character - or lack of it - must become part of the equation of men who are being paid millions of dollars to play sports. Sometimes I wonder if Satan was seven feet tall and could hit 40% of his three point shots if the NBA would sign him.

Joe R2
Joe R2

Now go piggy back another superstar for a third ring...

howdythurr
howdythurr

not surprising...sucks that someone with so much talent could be so toxic

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Not often that a player falls so far so fast.

GO22JETS
GO22JETS

Toxic, trouble, coach killer, lazy, non teammate. etc. etc. etc YET some idiot GM will sign him to a guaranteed million dollar contract later this week.

Crapahoola
Crapahoola

@donniejohnson4 you said "whenever he's on the court" . . . not THAT'S funny!  Can't drag the dude away from the bowling alley long enough to clog the lane.

MMoney0021
MMoney0021

@FernandoR Learn how the NBA works......being stuck as a 5-8 seed gets you no where.  The minute Rose went down this season, their season was over for a third straight year.  The window of opportunity with the current roster has closed.  Deng wants more than 10 million a year.  I would rather have 2-3 draft picks and cap space than Deng for 10+ million.  They need another Super Star to pair with Noah and Rose (if he doesn't end up the next Brandon Roy), if they are ever going to rival the Heat anytime soon.  

4Duke
4Duke

@FernandoR pretty sure they're playing to get randle or parker out of the lottery this year

Joe R2
Joe R2

@WilyCoyoteSuperGenius 


He's not done.  LeBron needs another goon on his bench to defend him.  Bynum might even get a third ring out of it...

Sportsredo
Sportsredo

@Richard40 And you can't teach stupid!  Retired school teachers have no class. 

Delusional
Delusional

@4Duke @FernandoR They'll have to tank to have a chance. That 1st round pick they got in the trade is protected, so they probably will never see it