In the past week, the Chicago Bulls have been connected to disgruntled Cleveland Cavaliers center Andrew Bynum. Reports of the Bulls interest in Bynum last week were quickly refuted and Bulls fans collectively rejoiced.
Imagine the fear that went into Bulls fans hearts when they saw a tweet from Fox Sports NBA analyst Sam Amico. Amico tweeted on Sunday evening that the Los Angeles Lakers may be out on a potential Bynum trade and the Bulls or Utah Jazz may be in.
To recap, the Cavaliers and Lakers went into Sunday with the hope of finalizing a trade that would have sent Bynum back to Los Angeles for Pau Gasol. That trade fell through on Sunday as the Cavaliers have opened the table up to other offers. It is believed that the Cavaliers are mulling an offer from the Bulls. An offer that likely includes small forward Luol Deng or power forward Carlos Boozer.
Despite the latest tweet from Amico, the Bulls interest in Bynum may not be as grand as it seems.
The key aspect of every trade is leverage. Reports over the past 24 hours suggested that the Cavaliers will either trade or waive Bynum in the next 48 hours. That would seemingly eliminate any leverage that the Cavaliers had in their trade talks with the Lakers. That would why it should not be put past the Cavaliers to think that their front office may leak information about the team mulling over an offer from the Bulls.
That would be the only way the Bulls association with Bynum trade rumors makes sense. Bynum is neither a physical nor financial fit for the Bulls. Bynum has had trouble staying on the court in recent seasons because of injuries, and when Bynum has been on the court, the center often looks disinterested. Beyond that, Bynum is under contract through the 2014-2015 NBA season. That would be why trading Deng for Bynum makes no sense whatsoever.
A resolution on the Bynum situation will likely be reached this week, meaning Bulls fans may need to hold their breath for a little longer.