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Bulls trade Mike Dunleavy, Jose Calderon to make room for Dwyane Wade

Bulls trade Mike Dunleavy, Jose Calderon to make room for Dwyane Wade

The Bulls have agreed to a two-year, $47.5 million deal with Dwyane Wade, and to make room for the 12-time All-Star shipped Mike Dunleavy to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Bulls needed to create salary cap space to afford Wade, following their agreement on a two-year, $30 million deal with Rajon Rondo. That meant shipping out Dunleavy, who was scheduled to make $4.8 million this season. he has a $5.1 million team option next season.

LeBron James and the Cavaliers were after Dunleavy last offseason before he inked a three-year, $14 deal with the Bulls.

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The Bulls also traded Jose Calderon to the Los Angeles Lakers to help create room for Wade. Calderon was part of the offseason deal that sent Derrick Rose to the New York Knicks. The Lakers will take on Calderon's $7.7 million salary.

Calderon was a potential buyout candidate to make room for Rose's contract.

In total, the Bulls opened up $12.5 million in cap space with their moves that helped them sign Wade to the $47.5 million contract over two years.

Bulls Talk Podcast: Getting to know the Bulls Outsiders team; bold predictions for this season

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Bulls Talk Podcast: Getting to know the Bulls Outsiders team; bold predictions for this season

On this edition of the Bulls Talk podcast, the Bulls Outsiders team of Matt Peck, David Watson, and John Sabine join Kevin Anderson to talk about the series premier of ‘Bulls Outsiders’ Thursday night. Hear about how the show came together and what they are hoping to bring to the Bulls fanbase this season. They’ll also share their bold predictions for the season including two potential end-of-season award winners from this roster.

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below:

Kris Dunn thinks Zach LaVine could be 'a good defender in this league'

Kris Dunn thinks Zach LaVine could be 'a good defender in this league'

We all know what Zach LaVine is capable of doing on the offensive side of things. But what about his defense?

It's no secret that LaVine has had his fair share of struggles on defense, but Kris Dunn thinks highly of his 23-year-old teammate and what his potential is at the other end.

"On the defensive end I just told him, 'You're as fast as me. You're more athletic than me. There's no way you shouldn't be a good defender in this league. You could be one of those guys who could be dynamic in the passing lanes because you're so athletic and fast.'" Dunn said of LaVine. "And personally, I like to score. If you get in a passing lane, that's a dunk for yourself and because you've got so much bounce that's when you get the crowd on their feet — maybe do a windmill, a 360, something.

"But I think he's been going a good job on the defensive end. It's not going to be easy. We all got to learn and I think we're all trying."

Improving his defense would obviously be a big step forward for LaVine (and the Bulls), and he knows it. 

“I think I had a lot better focus on the defensive end,” LaVine said when assessing his preseason. “I had some mistakes too, but I wanted to go out there and just really hone in on being more focused down there. I felt like I did OK with that. Still some areas I want to get better at, definitely off-the-ball I think I did a lot better than I had before.’’

LaVine and the Bulls travel to Philadelphia to face the 76ers on Thursday night in their season opener. You can watch Bulls Pre- and Postgame Live on NBC Sports Chicago before and after the game for highlights and analysis.