The Chicago Bulls front office is usually known for not making too many moves during the trade period in a season. Often other teams are making substantial trades, while the Bulls make it known that they’re fine with the players they already have. But, not this time. Since Derrick Rose injured his meniscus and won’t return this season, the Bulls warned fans and the media that tough decisions would be made ahead. Last night, without any prior concrete hints, the Bulls announced that they would be trading Luol Deng to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Andrew Bynum and picks in the draft. The Chicago Bulls did attempt to resign Luol Deng to a 3 year/$30 million deal, but he had rejected their offer. This trade may come as a shock to many due to the Bulls’ front office always quickly and sternly shutting down these types of rumors. This rumor had been on the radar for a while, but no one could prove it had any truth until now. Chicago has a new center in Andrew Bynum. There’s speculation that the Bulls will waive Bynum. Luol Deng will become a free agent after this season. There aren’t any indications on where he’ll sign during the summer. This season Deng averaged 19 ppg, 3.7 apg, and 6.9 rpg.
It will be interesting to hear what Luol Deng’s former teammates (Boozer, Noah, Gibson, and especially Rose) have to say about this trade. It seems as if the Bulls are looking to free up space to add newer pieces around Derrick Rose in the near future. The Chicago Bulls will play their first game without Luol Deng on their roster tonight against the Phoenix Suns. The game will air at 8pm ET on WGN (local). Luol Deng will play with his new team tonight, also, against the Philadelphia 76ers.