Unless your brain has been frozen by the ungodly cold weather, you already know that the Bulls have traded free-agent-to-be Luol Deng for an already-waived Andrew Bynum and a plethora of assorted, sometimes-conditional draft picks.
The draft picks they received are as follows:
- A first-round pick from Sacramento (top-12 protected in 2014, top-10 protected in 2015, 2016 and 2017)
- Portland's 2nd-round picks in 2015 and 2016
- The option to swap 1st-round picks with Cleveland in 2015 (if Cleveland's pick isn't in the lottery)
The Bulls also lowered their team payroll so that they will not have to pay the Luxury Tax this season, which is huge going forward with the NBA's punitive Repeater Tax penalties.
I have to admit, I did not think the Bulls would trade Deng. All my regular readers know that I figured at worst, the Bulls would allow Deng's contract to expire this summer, and at best they already had a deal in place that wouldn't be signed until next summer (when the Bulls could have given Deng 5 more years instead of the 3 he could have gotten by signing an extension before July 1, 2014).
Now that I've filled up on crow, this is an excellent deal for the Bulls. Not only do they get out of the Luxury Tax this season, they picked up several assets (albeit mostly minor ones) just for trading a player they had no interest in re-signing next summer.
I don't need to get into all of the ridiculous comments I've read from Bulls fans, but they prove once again that while the Bulls have some of the greatest and most intelligent fans on the internet, they also have a shitload of fans who are complete fools.
If you want first-hand proof, just go to the Bulls' message board on RealGM.com to see for yourself. I would give you 100 examples, but I'm about to go visit an incredibly hot, much younger blonde friend, and that's much more important than making fun of a bunch of imbeciles. I'm not about to apologize for having my priorites straight (no pun intended, and no offense to my gay friends).
Let's just say it's incredibly comical that so many Bulls fans have bitched and moaned about Deng for a few years now, about how he isn't a real All-Star who can't create his own shot and who will be overpaid starting July 2014. But then they expected the Bulls to get a king's ransom in a trade for that guy when he's going to be an unrestricted free agent this summer.
They talk about the Bulls' front office over-valuing their own players, when they should be talking about what huge freaking hypocrites they are.
Good luck Lu, I hope you make a crapload of money next summer. We'll get to see if you truly are more about winning than money- if you are, you'd be the first NBA player still in his prime who can say that with a straight face. And back it up by signing with a contender for less money than you could have gotten from a non-contender with lots of cap space.
Don't hold your breath, folks.