Bulls waive Byars?

Per  [updated: this appears to be a link they never published, but were prepared to]

October 26, 2009 -- The Chicago Bulls announced today that the team has waived guard Derrick Byars.

Byars (6-7, 220), appeared in eight games during the preseason with Chicago and averaged 5.8 ppg and 3.0 rpg in 16.5 mpg.

Chicago's roster now stands at 13.

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This appears to be a press release that they had ready to go that never was released.  The official release shows that Byars is still on the roster. 

Bulls press release on opening day roster.

When I saw this link originally on realgm, I thought that he was actually waived, but it appears to just be an unused press release someone found if I were to guess.

This is a speculative guess at this point, it's certainly possible he is really waived.  However, I got a press release from Bulls PR saying he made the team and didn't get one saying he was cut.

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I just got the email from the Bulls PR department.  Byars is officially waived.  They probably just haven't fixed the date on this article yet.    Sorry Mr. Happy, I wish I wasn't right on this one, and they kept him.

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Just some random speculation, but it appears they were ready to waive him on the 26th.  They must have been pleased with him though and probably kept him a few extra days to throw him some cash.   I don't know, could be wrong on that, but if not, kudos to Bulls management for extending him a bit to pay him something for his hard work.


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  • Here's the link.

    It's the TYPICAL CHEAP MOVE by the Bulls management.

  • Why should I apologize for rooting for the underdog?

  • This is a TYPICAL CHEAP and DUMB MOVE on the part of the Bulls management.

    Jerome James is USELESS.

    Aaron Gray is LIMITED.

    Lindsey Hunter is INEFFECTIVE.

    Jannero Pargo is ERRACTIC.

    Luol Deng is a UNPREDICTABLE.

    James Johnson is INEXPERIENCED.

    Keeping Derrick Byars would have been the SMART thing to do. Just like drafting DeJuan Blair would have been the smart thing to do. Unfortunately, the Bulls have a CHEAP and UNINTERESTED owner, who cares more about his baseball team, then his basketball team. If it weren't for Michael Jordan he wouldn't be much of anything in this town (in a basketball sense).

    Doug, I wouldn't hold your chest out too far. We may not have seen the last of him. Only time will tell I guess.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    My LACK OF FAITH of those guys I listed was one of the main reasons I wanted Derrick Byars on the team. Outside of that, I think he has potential. Given cases like John Salmons and Kelenna Azubuike, it's not like he couldn't develop sitting on the bench. Given cases like Jason Kapono and Bruce Bowen, it's not like he couldn't have found a role on the team.

    I'm disappointed and feel that the Bulls made a bad decision.

  • I didn't use those words.

    You yourself reported that IT'S OFFICIAL...Derrick Byars has made the team.

  • How was I being a jerk?

    You were the one who made the comment about the restraining order.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Not too mention the "five minutes of fame" comment and the Derrick Byars blog comment. All I did was respond to them.

    It's your choice if you want to be petty like the Bulls, instead of smart. They have too many question marks on the roster to have let him go.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I have to admit, you came across a bit jerky, and you were gloating. The fact that he was released is a little funny to me b/c you made a huge deal about being right. But its clear you really care about this team, so its all good.

    Doug, to your point about superstars, one needs to look no further than opening night. Its abundantly clear the Bulls are not in the elite class of teams this year, and thats fine. The point is we have a year to develop these guys further, but we HAVE to go after a big name FA in the 2010 class to make the leap to the Boston's, Orlando's, Lakers, Cav's...etc. Anyone who cant see that has delusions of grandour with this current roster.

  • Is that petty or not? Don't they have a lot of question marks on the roster? I believe that to be true.

  • It's not about being RIGHT, it's about being SMART. With all the question marks on the roster, they should have kept him.

  • I wasn't throwing out insults, but rather responding to yours.

  • I get why they did it, but I find the decision to be petty, especially given the question marks on the roster. All I was doing was fighting for him, an underdog, to make the team. I didn't see that from a lot of people on here.

  • That sucks. My favorite line from the preseason was when he hit a shot just after the shot clock expired. The ref went over to review it and Byars was hounding him saying,"Come on, man! I need this." I laughed my *** off.

    Hey, Mr. Happy....your posts on this thread are as usless as a cup of Doug Thonus piss. (Athough they would probably still out-coach Jim Boylan......)

  • In reply to evilhoban:


    Have a drink of it, while you are at.

    You are yet to add anything positive to this or any other discussion pertaining to the Chicago Bulls.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    You're right.... I should have compared you to a child molesting babysitter instead.

    You have yet to not be a pompous, self-righteous, obnoxiously opinionated douche-bag. Fred Pfifer? Is that you?

  • In reply to evilhoban:

    Oh....and I DID get to directly heckle Jim Boylan (while sitting right behind him while he was scouting for the Bucks last year at a Bulls/Timberpuffs preseason game) to the point where he and his cronies got up and left well before the half. I consider that a contribution to the FRANCHISE, slappy.

  • Doug, in your opinion, aside from the large shadow I believe still cast on the UC by MJ, what reasons would someone have for NOT wanting to come to Chicago. We've got a solid core of young guys, lead by a steller Point guard in one of the major markets. Plus, it has to be pretty clear someone can come here and be a 30 pt a night guy, so that may feed into the ever growing ego of today's NBA players. Its bothersome to me that we have a difficult time luring FA to Chicago...what am I missing?

  • Hahaha!
    Im an avid reader of this blog...i have to say Ive enjoyed Mr. Happy & Doug going back and forth on this...its been going on for a while...made me laugh on a few fact the first thing I thought when I saw he was cut was, "Mr. Happy is going to be pissed"

    I wanted Byers on the team as well and was exited he made it...a shame as he has morepotential than hunter/pargo etc.

  • In reply to Vohaul79:

    I also enjoyed the friendly back-and-forth with Doug and Mark. At the end of the day, I'm not surprised or pissed just disappointed for the kid. I think he EARNED his spot on the roster. Unfortunately, this current Bulls management is petty and ineffective when it comes to personnel decisions.

  • Was it a smart move, given those question marks? Time will tell. I have my doubts.

  • I'm exhausted.

    Rooting for an underdog is hard work. (laughing)

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Any chance he is being sent to the Iowa D-League team? I believe that is still the Bulls affiliate.

  • In reply to MrHappy:


  • In reply to MarkDeeks:

    Don't hurt yourself doing kart-wheels, okay.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I'll take that as an apology. Accepted!

  • In reply to MarkDeeks:

    Why should I apologize for rooting for a underdog? The only people that need to apologize is the Bulls management, who got rid of guy that EARNED a spot on the roster. Sadly, they strapped them down financially with weaker personnel.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Because your "rooting for an underdog" involved insulting me and Doug. Repeatedly.

    Also, you've been flat out wrong since the start. Neither of us hate Derrick Byars, and neither of us said he couldn't play. We even said that he had the best chance of the four to make it, which he did. What we said was that he wasn't good enough to overcome the adversity he faced with the Bulls financial situation. And whaddya know; he didn't.

    It looks like we called it exactly right. And all you did was insult us for it. So, yes, I do feel you should apologise. But you're not going to, so oh well.

  • In reply to MarkDeeks:


  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Not trying to start anything but you did say ignorant bloggers a few times Mr. Happy. I wanted him to make the team because he worked hard however we could all see it coming soon or later. I though he would get waived by the gurantee date.

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    "Ignorant" referred to the apparent dislike of D-League players on here. Let it be known that some 60 D-League players have made NBA rosters this year. Too bad the Bulls got petty and/or cheap and didn't keep Derrick Byars. He EARNED a spot on the roster.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    You keep saying "earned" like it was a full-on open audition where everyone was competing on equal footing. In reality, the expectation going into the preseason was that the Bulls would only carry the 13 guys with guaranteed contracts. It wasn't a question of Byars beating out Pargo or Hunter; he had to play good enough that the team decided to carry a 14th guy. Derrick even had a comment when someone asked him about making the opening day roster where he said something about not having any idea of for how long it would be. I don't know why you think the Bulls were petty about anything. Cheap, I guess you could argue that, but this fits with their other recent financial decisions.

    I'm sorry for him he didn't get to play in a few games first, but like Newskool said pretty much everyone but you has seen this coming for weeks now. And given the state of the economy, if it turns out the Bulls have another injury or two or the injuries they have are more severe than anticipated, Derrick will probably still be available to pick up. If he's not because some other team grabbed him, then great for him and the opportunity.

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