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Bulls Trade Anthony Randolph To Magic

5:30pm: The deal is now official, the Magic has announced. The Magic receive second rounders in 2015 and 2016, cash considerations, and Randolph, while the Bulls receive the draft rights to Rakovic.

4:29pm: The Magic would send the draft rights to Milovan Rakovic to Chicago and Orlando would also receive cash as part of the deal, reports Josh Robbins of The Orlando Sentinel (Twitter links).

3:38pm: The Bulls will trade Anthony Randolph and a pair of second-round picks to the Magic, who are expected to waive Randolph once they receive him, reports Sam Amick of USA Today (Twitter link). Chicago has been shopping Randolph, whom the team acquired in a draft-night trade from the Nuggets, in an effort to clear cap room. His salary, worth more than $1.825MM for the upcoming season, is fully guaranteed, so it appears it will remain on the books for the Magic, who’ll use their cap space to absorb Randolph, with the second-rounders as enticement for them to do so. It’s not immediately clear what Orlando will give up, but it’s unlikely to involve any guaranteed salary.

Chicago has to open up cap space one way or another to accommodate its agreements with Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic, as I explained this morning. Sending out Randolph will move the Bulls only incrementally toward that goal, one that’s unlikely to be reached unless Carlos Boozer leaves either by amnesty or salary-clearing trade. Still, it’s a maneuver that could allow the Bulls to use their Early Bird rights to re-sign Kirk Hinrich and preserve their room exception. Chicago also has an agreement in place to send Greg Smith and his guaranteed salary to the Mavs.

In 43 games with the Nuggets last season, Randolph averaged 4.8 PPG, 2.8 RPG, and 0.7 APG while playing 12.3 minutes per contest. His career averages are 7.1 PPG, 4.3 RPG, and 0.7 APG in six seasons.

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6 thoughts on “Bulls Trade Anthony Randolph To Magic

  1. this dude never gets a fair shot. he wouldnt be a bad back up for cheap for the lakers

  2. rxbrgr

    If both this trade and the Greg Smith to DAL trade go through, then it seems the Bulls need only to clear away Boozer’s salary (by either trade or amnesty) to retain Hinrich’s EB rights and retain their room exception for someone else.

  3. Robert

    We should have resigned D.J Augustin. Good player who knows his role. He was very efficient with Joakim Noah and he can shoot handle finish and pass and play defence. Way younger than Kirk Hinrich and probably would’ve taken less money

    • fred4980

      you had everything right except play defense.. that was his problem last season.. great in spurts on the court to put up points (when he was on) but was a defensive liability.. Hinrich was great on Defense this season.. that is why he was resigned.. remember all of this hinges on DRose.. if he stays healthy.. it won’t matter whose backing him up.

  4. Matt Galvin

    Magic should also send Vasquez.

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