The Ben Wallace era in Chicago has come to an end.
A little more than one and a half seasons after Bulls general manager John Paxson and then-coach Scott Skiles made a splash by signing Wallace away from the Detroit Pistons for $60 million over four years, the center was traded along with Joe Smith to Cleveland for Larry Hughes and Drew Gooden. The Cavs also included Cedric Simmons to make the money work under the salary cap.
"I had a good time here," Wallace said Thursday. "I enjoyed being one of the guys. And I had a good season last year."
What was left unsaid: "... but I've been horrible this year and will only continue to get worse." The full deal:
The report said Wallace would go to the Cavaliers along with guard Wally Szczerbiak, forward Joe Smith and guard Delonte West in a deal which was completed right before the league's 3 p.m. EST trade deadline.
According to ESPN, the Bulls would receive guard Larry Hughes, forward Drew Gooden and forward Cedric Simmons while the Seattle SuperSonics would get guard Chris Duhon and forwards Ira Newble and Donyell Marshall.