The Bulls Traded for Andrew Bynum Just So They Can Cut Him

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This is delicious.

Andrew Bynum was to be guaranteed the second half of his $12 million salary if he was on the Cavs’ roster as of January 7. So, last night, they traded him and three draft picks to the Bulls for Luol Deng. The Cavs benefit by getting Deng, whose contract expires at the end of the season, for an ill-advised run at the playoffs* and by ridding themselves of Bynum. The Bulls get cap relief and three draft picks. If I’m understanding the NBA trade rules correctly, the Bulls had to get someone with a comparable salary to Deng ($14 million to Bynum’s $12 million)– you can’t just dump salary. So, Bynum was the way to do that.

The best part about this, though, is the Bulls’ press release, which makes no mention of Bynum every playing for the team:

The Chicago Bulls announced tonight they have conveyed the contract of Luol Deng to the Cleveland Cavaliers for multiple draft picks, along with the contract of Andrew Bynum.

In addition to sending Bynum’s contract to Chicago, the Cavaliers also conveyed to the Bulls a future draft pick via the Sacramento Kings (Sacramento’s conditional regular first round selection in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 otherwise, Sacramento’s 2017 regular second round pick if it falls between 31-55).

The Bulls wil waive Bynum and the $6 million he owed for the rest of the season. From the Chicago Tribune:

The Bulls will waive Bynum before the second half of his $12.3 million contract becomes guaranteed on Tuesday. That move will drop them below the luxury-tax threshold in a season in which they no longer are championship contenders after the loss of Derrick Rose to a knee injury, saving them close to $15 million.

Presumably, someone will pick Bynum up. Maybe.

*The Cavs are 11-23. For real, what are they doing?

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22 Comments

  • Shareef Abdu Raheem January 7, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Just another instance of da white man oppressing this hard working beautiful brother

    • Can we please have an ebonics blocker on this website? January 7, 2014 at 11:28 am

      Wrong on both counts:

      1. hard working – that boy is a lazier stiff than Derrick Coleman

      2. Beautiful – with that hair from last year? You’re crazy!

      Either you are trolling, or you’re as dumb as your name indicates!

      • Jimmy Russell January 7, 2014 at 11:40 am

        you’re new.. that’s cute

      • Sho Nuff's Afro Puffs January 7, 2014 at 11:57 am

        Word to the wise: This site is like Philly.com with training wheels. Race baiting, sarcastic use of “ebonics”(is that even a word?), an the occasional funny post. Welcome to the Terrordome , Homey… On the plus side, some of the user names are snot bubble funny and this site shills the most awesome t-shirts this side of the bootleggers on 52nd street. Oh yeah, tell your mom I said hi!

        • nick pappagiorgio January 7, 2014 at 12:15 pm

          Says the looser with the racist screen name

          • Angelo's Inner Voice January 7, 2014 at 12:27 pm

            Kill yourself you fucking pussyface. Everyone on this site hates you and you are god damn worthless you sack of shit quit ruining this site for the rest of us.

          • Angelo's Inner Voice January 7, 2014 at 12:43 pm

            Get your own screen name, fake fake Angelo. Everyone knows I am too cultured to use such language!

          • Sho Nuff's Afro Puffs January 7, 2014 at 1:03 pm

            First off, Sho’Nuff’ did, indeed, have Afro Puffs.(JFGI, mouth breather) Secondly, the FIRST rule to responding to a post you dislike is S-P-E-L-L-C-H-E-C-K. It’s “loser”. The irony is a white dude calling someone a racist. LMAO. If I had the kind of power do you think I’d be posting here? No, I’d be getting you ass fired for kcufing up the Big Macs at your job or at least demoting you back to washing the lettuce. Oh yeah, yell up stairs and say hi to your mom for me.

          • nick pappagiorgio January 7, 2014 at 5:28 pm

            Now there’s someone faking me

        • Kyle as a free speech free-for-all going on here January 7, 2014 at 12:51 pm

          Race baiting? So, if someone were to comment about, say, “dem stereotypical niggaz is lazy, shiftless, and are either doin’ sex, doin’ crack, or waiting for a handout”, then would that comment receive a reply such as:

          a) “I hear dat!”

          or b) some self-righteous member of the politically-correct gestapo would feel the need to lecture the commenter on his/her latent racism

          • Sho Nuff's Afro Puffs January 7, 2014 at 1:02 pm

            You obviously haven’t a clue what race baiting is. But I give you points for attempting to justify it. +++

          • Sho Nuff's Afro Puffs January 7, 2014 at 1:10 pm

            This is the deal: I wouldn’t type anything on the nets I wouldn’t say to anyone’s face. I’m not a tough guy, I just respect folks. That being said, PC folks are the reason ‘Murica is soo screwed and the anonymity of the interwebs is the reason ALOT of folks are still breathing. That being said, let’s have a beer and talk it out. You seem to be a reasonable person. But kcuf that Nick dude.. he can eat a dick, preferably Rhea’s. Oh yeah, Fuck Bynum. I hope he trips over a tangerine seed and rips both patella tendons.

  • Worley's Hot Piece of Ass January 7, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    He’ll get cut by the Bulls, then sign a cheap deal with the Heat. He’ll play a limited role, averaging 9 and 7, and we’ll have to watch him be a semi-productive, semi-“good-teammate” all the way thru the playoffs to yet another ring. It will prove that being tall with some skill will always result in being desirable to some team

    • Informed January 7, 2014 at 12:57 pm

      hate what you just stated because its so true. while i hope it doesnt happen, i wouldnt be surprised if it does. amazing that there is probably no shame felt by him being as this is now the 3rd team that he has “played” for in less than 7 months. what a POS!

  • Sho Nuff's Afro Puffs January 7, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    First off, Sho’Nuff’ did, indeed, have Afro Puffs.(JFGI, mouth breather) Secondly, the FIRST rule to responding to a post you dislike is S-P-E-L-L-C-H-E-C-K. It’s “loser”. The irony is a white dude calling someone a racist. LMAO. If I had the kind of power do you think I’d be posting here? No, I’d be getting you ass fired for kcufing up the Big Macs at your job or at least demoting you back to washing the lettuce. Oh yeah, yell up stairs and say hi to your mom for me.

    • teamozzy January 7, 2014 at 12:57 pm

      “the FIRST rule to responding to a post you dislike is S-P-E-L-L-C-H-E-C-K”

      If that’s the first rule, then the second should be that you post YOUR response directly below the other guy’s, and not start a new thread…

      • Sho Nuff's Afro Puffs January 7, 2014 at 1:01 pm

        True dat. I ain’t mad at you.

      • Sho Nuff's Afro Puffs January 7, 2014 at 1:04 pm

        Fixed, Homey.

  • Vic Vinegar January 7, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    The Heat should pick up Bynum. Put him out there against Hibbert during the playoffs and that 3-peat is theirs for the taking.

  • Jerry January 7, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    I actually was hoping we would trade for Bynum and draft picks and then cut him…traded away a bad contract or a player who keeps helping us win (?!?!?!) and then cut his sorry ass. That would have been poetic justice…

  • Harry Mayes @97.5 January 7, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Andrew Bynum is my hero.
    Making millions of dollars to do absolutely nothing.

    #onlynAmerica

  • Informed January 7, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    Well I guess the Cavs sold him to them but the Bulls still arnt Bynum

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