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Bynum to Bulls: Cleveland Cavaliers trade Andrew Bynum to Chicago Bulls

Andrew Bynum was traded to the Chicago Bulls this week.
Andrew Bynum was traded to the Chicago Bulls this week.
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Bynum to Bulls trade rumors finally evolved into something. The Cleveland Cavaliers traded Andrew Bynum to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for Luol Deng. According to a report from ESPN late Monday night (Jan. 6), there is more to the deal than just that. The Cavs also send out three future draft picks as part of the deal, helping the team possibly re-tool in the near future.

Those picks include a future first-round draft pick that the Cavs are owed by the Sacramento Kings. The team will get the Kings' pick if it falls outside the top 12 in 2014 or outside the top 10 picks in 2015, 2016 or 2017. The team also got the 2015 and 2016 second-round picks the Portland Trail Blazers owed the Cavs from a previous trade. In summation, the Cavs were able to keep all of their own picks in a deal that brings in a very good small forward.

It is expected that the Chicago Bulls will waive Andrew Bynum early on Tuesday (Jan. 7), helping the team save a lot of salary moving forward. He doesn't have a guaranteed contract this season, so it won't cost the team anything to part ways with the former NBA All-Star as soon as the league gives approval for the deal. What is will also do is make him a free agent that can then sign with another team in the league.

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