The Chicago Bulls are apparently looking towards the future. With All-Star point guard Derrick Rose lost for the season, the Bulls made a surprise move. According to USA Today Sports on Jan. 7, Chicago traded two-time All-Star Luol Deng to the Cleveland Cavaliers for center Andrew Bynum and three future draft picks.
The Bulls will also have the right to swap first-round picks in 2015 if Cleveland has a better draft position. This is a clear indication of general manager Gar Forman’s decision to build for the future.
Deng, who has played his entire 9-year career with the Bulls, will provide experience and scoring to a young, but very talented Cleveland Cavaliers team. Obtaining the oft injured Andrew Bynum didn’t make much since for the Bulls, except to waive him for financial purposes.
The Bulls, a team with an already struggling offense, will lose even more offense with the departure of Deng and could find themselves with a high draft pick in 2014. With players such as Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson and Carlos Boozer still on board and with a coach like Tom Thibodeau, it is highly unlikely that the team will tank, but the team has already taken a step back with the trade.
Another possible move for the Bulls is finding a taker for the final year-plus of Carlos Boozer’s $16.9 million salary before the NBA trade deadline.
The Cavaliers were recently in major trade talks with the Los Angeles Lakers to send Bynum back to L.A. in exchange for the aging Paul Gasol. The deal obviously fe1l through, but Bynum may still find himself in a Lakers’ uniform.