The Cleveland Cavaliers agreed tonight to trade Andrew Bynum and a first round pick to the Chicago Bulls for small forward Luo Deng, and the trade will become official on Tuesday morning after a certain conference call.
Bynum will apparently be released by 5 p.m. on Tuesday before the second half of his $12.3 million contract becomes guaranteed, and this is all according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com.
This is certainly a big move as it pertains to the Eastern Conference playoff race, and the Miami Heat will certainly pay attention to how their Chicago rival fare after this move. The Bulls now have a limited possible future to their season, and if Derrick Rose does not return and help them win a title then you have to think that this is not the last major move they will be making in the next year.
For the Cavs who have been in heavy trade talks all week, it was enormous to land a player the quality of Deng and certainly beneficial for their potential future. The only problem now is going to be figuring out how to get him to stay with the team in the long term.
Pretty rare to see teams from the same division trade marquee players, so it will be interesting to see if either team got sold a bum mare. Weird night and week all around, but thanks for reading folks; despite the horrible winter storms just trying to stay on the ball for y’all.