Would Bynum to Cleveland make Cavs a threat to Bulls?


Would Bynum to Cleveland make Cavs a threat to Bulls?

File this one away as yet another rumor involving Andrew Bynum and Dwight Howard, but ESPN's Chris Broussard reported last night that sources confirmed Howard was "ready to join the Lakers" and that, if traded, would "re-sign long-term with the team."
That move would put into motion a three-team trade that could send Bynum to the Cleveland Cavaliers, and Anderson Varejao and a handful of draft picks to the Magic, according to Sports Illustrated.
It's worth noting that David Lee, Bynum's agent, said he had not heard anything about a potential trade involving his client. It's hard to tell who is telling the truth and who is putting up a smoke screen, but it's worth discussion because of what it could mean for the Cavaliers' future.
On the off-chance the final Howard deal sends Bynum to Cleveland, a spot he reportedly would sign a long-term deal with, the Cavaliers core would look promising for the future.
The 24-year-old Bynum has is one of the most talented young players in the league. He averaged 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds per game last season, but still has some growing up to do. Moving away from the glamour of Hollywood could help him.
Then there's 20-year-old Kyrie Irving, named the NBA's Rookie of the Year last season after averaging 18.5 points, 5.4 assists and 3.7 rebounds. The 2011 No. 1 overall pick looks to have a bright future in the league, and would do wonders with a seven-footer in Bynum.
Tristan Thompson, taken three spots after Irving last year at No. 4 overall, is a work in progress but would be helped out in a big way playing alongside Bynum. At just 21 years old, he, too, would be a building block for the Cavaliers.
Cleveland had two first round draft picks in June's NBA Draft, selecting Dion Waiters at No. 4 and trading up to get North Carolina center Tyler Zeller at No. 17. Waiters has just tapped into his potential as a 20-year-old combo guard, and Zeller, the reigning ACC Player of the Year, is NBA-ready.
The Cavaliers would lose significant draft picks over the next couple of seasons should they be involved in a Bynum trade, meaning less young players coming in. But the core it would produce (Bynum, Irving, Waiters, Zeller, Thompson) may be worth it.
At this point, this trade scenario is yet another rumor in the saga properly named the "Dwightmare," but the Orlando center has to be traded at some point, and it could have serious ramifications in the East.
If the Lakers traded Andrew Bynum to the Cavaliers, would you consider them a threat to the Bulls in the next two or three seasons?

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.

0:15- Introduction to the Bulls Outsiders

3:15- The process of casting the show

9:45- John Sabine's Improv background and comedy's connection to basketball

11:20- What the Outsiders hope to accomplish with the show

13:00- What's great about Bulls fans

14:20- Who is their favorite Bull of all time, outside of Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen

26:20- Bold on the court predcitions for the season

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.