Over the past couple of weeks, there has been a definitive falling out between the Cleveland Cavaliers and center Andrew Bynum. This season, we’ve heard Bynum talk about potentially retiring, we’ve seen him on the court when we thought he wouldn’t have been able to go and now we’re seeing the aftermath of a suspension caused because of Bynum’s “conduct detrimental to the team.”
The aftermath of this situation is this: Cleveland is looking to deal Bynum. But, are there any teams that would want to take yet another chance on the clearly-immature big man?
According to multiple sources like Bleacher Report and NBC Sports, the Chicago Bulls just might be that potential trade suitor. The rumor states that the Bulls may be willing to part ways with free-agent-to-be forward Luol Deng in exchange for Bynum.
But, why would they do this? Here’s the kicker: The Bulls may release Bynum immediately following a potential trade to save themselves $8 million and get themselves back in a better position going forward into next year. The trade would save them about $20 million in tax and salary payments alone.
What doesn’t make sense to me, is that the Bulls have already stated their intent to keep Deng and maybe even try to re-sign him going forward. If they pull a move like this, the Bulls would be essentially giving up on the season and enter the “tanking” mode. With Deng recently coming out and saying he believes everyone in the organization’s goal is to continue to try and win this year, a deal like this doesn’t make much sense for Chicago.