A deal that would have sent Los Angeles Lakers power forward and center Pau Gasol to Cleveland for Andrew Bynum fell apart and the Cavaliers instead traded the suspended pivot man to the Chicago Bulls for All-Star forward Luol Deng.
Cleveland also gave up three draft picks to acquire the Sudanese forward and shed Bynum's high salary.
Chicago is expected to immediately waive Bynum, as the Lakers planned to do. That, combined with Deng's departure, will allow the Bulls to shave their payroll by $20 million and so avoid the NBA's luxury tax.
The Lakers had the same goal in seeking to get and waive Bynum while simultaneously sending Gasol elsewhere, but were unwilling to give up the Spanish center without getting a good player in return.
Gasol, selected for the All-NBA squad on three separate occasions, has been part of two championship teams with the Lakers, but is averaging just 15.6 points a game this season and remains at odds with coach Mike D'Antoni. EFE