Spencer Dinwiddie joins Chicago Bulls in Cameron Bairstow trade

The Chicago Bulls announced Friday morning that forward/center Cameron Bairstow has been traded to the Detroit Pistons for point guard Spencer Dinwiddie.

Dinwiddie, a 23-year-old from the University of Colorado, comes to the Bulls after spending two seasons with the Pistons, the franchise that drafted him with the 38th overall pick in the 2014 draft. In those two seasons, Dinwiddie spent time back and forth with the Pistons’ D-League team, the Grand Rapids Drive. As a Piston, he played in 46 total games, averaging 4.4 points, 1.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 13.3 minutes.

Given Dinwiddie’s size — he’s 6-foot-6 and weighs 200 pounds — he could easily be an upgrade over the Bulls’ backup point guards from last season, Aaron Brooks and E’Twaun Moore. Dinwiddie, however, is less experienced than both of them. His numbers per 36 minutes come from a small sample size, but they’re good: 11.9 points, 3.8 rebounds and 7.4 assists. K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune noted Dinwiddie’s dominance against the Bulls in their meetings in the 2014-15 season:

Dinwiddie recently expressed his excitement on Twitter:

The loss of Bairstow isn’t much of a loss considering the Australian big man hardly found himself on the hardwood — he was stuck behind Pau Gasol, Taj Gibson, Nikola Mirotic, Joakim Noah and Bobby Portis this past season. Johnson also noted that Bairstow was likely to be waived this offseason.

After being selected by the Bulls with the 49th overall pick in 2014, Bairstow played in 36 games during two seasons, scoring 44 total points and grabbing 36 total rebounds.

A previous version of this article mistakenly stated Dinwiddie’s dominance against the Bulls came in this past season instead of the 2014-15 season. The Bulls Charge apologizes for the error.

Ashley is the owner/editor of The Bulls Charge. Follow her on Twitter at @wijangco12.

Ashley Wijangco


Ashley Wijangco is the owner and editor of The Bulls Charge. She is currently a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign majoring in news-editorial journalism, minoring in public relations, and earning a SportMedia certificate with the hopes of becoming a professional sports writer or a sports media professional.   Born in Chicago and raised in the Chicago suburbs, Ashley grew up as a Bulls fan, eventually becoming a die-hard fan. Her passion for the team then inspired her to pursue a career in sports media, an area she has been involved with since 2012 when she began writing and live-tweeting games for FanSided's Bulls site, Pippen Ain't Easy. She is also Kirk Hinrich's biggest fan and refuses to stop supporting him no matter how unproductive he has become.   Aside from The Bulls Charge, Ashley is also the co-editor-in-chief for Illio, her school's yearbook and a columnist at Hoops Addict, a basketball website.

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