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Should Bulls Fans Be Happy Or Sad About The Luol Deng-For-Andrew Bynum Trade?

Submitted by on January 7, 2014 – 1:36 pmOne Comment

Are Chicago Bulls fans ready to go through the rebuilding process again? We sure hope so. Because at the moment, it appears as though the Bulls are committed to retooling their team with some fresh faces rather than moving forward with the guys that they have on the team. They proved it yesterday by agreeing to send longtime Bulls guard Luol Deng to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for Andrew Bynum and three future draft picks. The good news is that the deal will end up saving the Bulls a ton of money. But the bad news is that the Bulls didn’t trade Deng for Bynum in order to add size to their lineup. Instead, they dealt for Bynum so that they can release him almost immediately in order to save money.

The Bulls might not be done cutting costs, either. The other rumor floating around Chicago is that the Bulls may be interested in using the amnesty clause to cut Carlos Boozer. That would save them even more money. But at the same time, it would also weaken their roster and essentially force the Bulls to tank this season. It’s a move that they would not make if Derrick Rose was healthy right now. But because he’s sitting on the sidelines with an injured knee, the Bulls have one eye on the future and are pulling the plug on the roster that they have been running with in recent years.

If you’re a Bulls fan, this is not the end of the world. Yes, it means that the Bulls are going to go through some tough times for the next year or two. But it also means that the Bulls are going to get a great pick in the loaded 2014 NBA Draft and have money to spend in the offseason. So they can try and put together a lineup that will be able to contend with the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers in the future. It’s definitely not an ideal situation—in a perfect world, Rose doesn’t get hurt and the Bulls play as-is for the next few seasons—but, at the very least, it’s good to see the Bulls taking the necessary steps to get better in the future.

So are you ready for a rebuild, Bulls fans? As we said earlier, we sure hope so, because it’s coming.

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