Originally acquired in a draft night trade with the Denver Nuggets, the Chicago Bulls have parted ways with lanky forward Anthony Randolph in a trade sending Randolph and two second round picks to the Orlando Magic. Orlando is expected to waive Randolph and the trade is viewed from the Bulls’ perspective as a salary dump to free up cap space. The deal was first reported by Sam Amick of USA Today.
The most disturbing facet of the this particular trade is when you connect the moving pieces that were involved as means to obtain Creighton forward Doug McDermott, the Bulls have sent a total of three second round draft picks and a first rounder for McDermott’s services. A hefty price tag for the eleventh overall pick.
Randolph is slated to make a guaranteed amount of $1,825,359 for the 2014-2015 season, thus adding to the confusion as to why Randolph was involved in the trade for McDermott even at all. By most accounts, an unnecessary addition unless the Bulls believed Randolph to be a player who could contribute. As evidenced by dumping Randolph to Orlando today, the Bulls did not view Randolph as a legitimate player.
Therefore, the plan of attack from Bulls’ front office in handling future assets appears misguided on this occasion. Calling the objective in what Randolph was intended to do for Chicago a head-scratcher would be an understatement.
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