This is not a trade that will turn heads and it certainly won't help the Bulls turn magically into a title contender again. Both of these players were at the end of the bench for their respective teams before this trade, and potentially were going to be waived this summer. Bairstow, who achieved next to nothing in Chicago, will probably be waived by the Pistons before his salary becomes guaranteed on July 25th. Dinwiddie's deal is non-guaranteed until November and even then his cap hit is less than a million, so this is a 'free' look through training camp.
As for Dinwiddie as a player, there is a lot of mystery. The guard from Colorado averaged 4.8 points in his time with the Pistons but only appeared in 12 games this season and had one postseason appearance. He was stuck behind Steve Blake and Brandon Jennings at the backup point guard spot and really didn't have a shot at some major playing time (though that he couldn't beat out Steve Blake says a lot). Dinwiddie is still a young player, just turning 23 in April, and will probably take some time to develop into an NBA player. As noted by his D-League coach Otis Smith, Dinwiddie is still a work in progress in the eyes of many around the league.
"But he sees and thinks himself into a corner sometimes and you have to help him through that process and call him out on it. You have to talk to him a lot."
Dinwiddie is not lighting quick, but he is 6-foot-6 and understands how to stay in front of his man to deny penetration. He still is prone to get lost in space and struggles in rotation, but that seems to have more to do with lack of playing time than lack of basketball IQ.
It's tough to justify how Dinwiddie makes the Bulls a whole lot better, but this is a good move. Dinwiddie is big and can stay in front of his man on defense, something we have seen Chicago point guards struggle with last season. If anything, Dinwiddie can be a good rotation player for Chicago and help add to the bench depth which was so awful last season. And if not, he'll be waived like Bairstow would've been anyway.
Dinwiddie is huge for a PG (6'6), should be solid on defense, shot well from three in college, has always hit his free throws. I'm excited.— Ricky O'Donnell (@SBN_Ricky) June 17, 2016