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Andrew Bynum’s agent says he has not spoken to Cavaliers. Yet.

Jul 19, 2012, 4:17 PM EDT

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The Lakers, Magic and Cavaliers are still talking about a blockbuster three-team deal that would send Dwight Howard to the Lakers, Andrew Bynum to the Cavaliers, and Anderson Varejao and picks to Orlando (there are other players in that deal as well).

But while fans (particularly Lakers fans) have raced out in front wanting this to happen yesterday, the sides are still not close to a deal.

Case in point, Andrew Bynum’s agent said he has not yet heard from the Cleveland Cavaliers, the place he would be sent and be expected to sign an extension should a deal go down. From Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon-Journal.

Andrew Bynum’s agent, David Lee, told me he has had zero conversations with #Cavs GM Chris Grant about a possible trade. “I would imagine any team involved in this trade would be smart enough to talk to us,” Lee said, referring to the fact Bynum is entering the final year of his deal.

A few key points here:

1) That the Cavaliers have not formally reached out to Bynum and his agent is different than saying some back-channel communications have not taken place. This deal would be dead in the water if Bynum said no to committing to the Cavaliers long term, the fact the sides are all still talking shows there is something there. Now, a back channel “yes, we’re interested” and pen to paper on a contract are very different things.

2) Bynum (and Howard) likely would not sign an extension to their current deals, they would play out the year and become a free agent with the commitment they would re-sign with the team. The reason is money and length of guaranteed years — sign an extension now they can get three years added on to next season, play out this season and re-sign with the team they are on and they get five years with larger raises each year. What the Lakers and Cavaliers want is a commitment, if they want an actual extension they will be disappointed.

3) The fact that the Cavs have not had formal conversations yet show this deal is not imminent, which is what I’ve been saying for days.

Notice this also: The leaks that are coming out are people close to Dwight Howard himself and people in Cleveland — the two sides that most want to get this deal done.

The Magic continue to be very patient. To the frustration of a lot of fans.

  1. loungefly74 - Jul 19, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    where there is smoke…there is fire. yes…it may take a while…but Howard will be moved this summer…

    • Kevin S. - Jul 19, 2012 at 4:30 PM

      If that was true, Howard would have been a Net two weeks ago.

      • dannymac17 - Jul 19, 2012 at 4:35 PM

        thats why he said summer. learn to read.

      • loungefly74 - Jul 20, 2012 at 9:45 AM

        it’s still smoking…

  2. gpatrick15 - Jul 19, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    “Notice this also: The leaks that are coming out are people close to Dwight Howard himself and people in Cleveland — the two sides that most want to get this deal done.

    The Magic continue to be very patient. To the frustration of a lot of fans.”

    I doubt Cleveland is the one that most wants this deal done. At the end of every Howard trade article, you seem to point out that all of the info is coming from Howard’s circle and “Whichever Team Stands to Gain”, whether thats Cleveland,Houston, or LA. This news is coming directly from Bynums agent.

  3. doubledown44 - Jul 19, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    The most hilarious part of this whole saga is watching how whenever a reporter puts out any “news” about Howard, the entirety of Twitter seems to take it as gospel and then the whole discussion swings that way. Now, the word on the Twitterverse is that Bynum refuses to go to the Cavs and the deal is dead. But all we need is a “source close to Bynum” to say he DOES want to go to the Cavs and the whole thing will swing another way.

    The reality is that if Bynum has any desire to stay in LA, then his agent absolutely should give off the impression that his client isn’t interested in re-signing with anyone else. If he said Bynum would be open to it, the trade could be expedited. If Bynum’s camp wants any leverage, it behooves them to do exactly what the agent did. In any event, I don’t think that Jason Lloyd’s report really changes anything. If the deal moves along, at some point the Cavs would contact Bynum. If they do it too early, it’s tampering. They can’t talk to him without the Lakers’ permission, and the Lakers aren’t going to let their free-agent-to-be talk to a team that would have the ability to sign him in a year without feeling really confident that the deal was imminent.

  4. lmvs2012 - Jul 19, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    Fhuk this article! This article will ruin everything!…dammm mannnn everyone in this world r excited about this trade!..now this article pop-up just like that !….fhuk! This then! And YOU who wrote this article!..u sukkkkk! Bigtime!

  5. crohrbaugh - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    No reason for them to talk, Bynum already said he was interested in cleveland and there is no contract to negotiate.

  6. BigBeachBall - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    i want a high def version of that photo with d12 v bynum….

  7. bchapman2011 - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    Entering this offseason jim buss and Kupchak said do not expect big moves from the Lakers. Two days ago LA denied that they were signing Jameson. The point is you should believe nothing until the trade is announced.

  8. lmvs2012 - Jul 19, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    But if this article is true tho..that they havent talk to cleveland trading bynum or sugning extnsions…..and im sure they will talk now and all i gotta say is PLS bynum dont blow this one out im excited about howard going to l.a!…just agree for the trade and sign extnsion pls!

  9. lakerluver - Jul 19, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    To quote Drew, “there’s a bank in every city”. If the deal happens Bynum will not just give up 25 million, he will resign with the Cavs. Cleveland may not be Los Angeles, but with Drew, Kyrie and the other young talent they have, it would not be a bad destination. And Drew would get his wish to be the no.1 option. I love Bynum and the sacrifices he made to help the LAKERS win two titles. Playing on damaged knees when he could’ve just shut it down. However, if the LAKERS have to trade him to get Howard, DO IT!! The LAKERS are all about titles. Kobe and Nash have 2-3 years left. Therefore the LAKERS can’t afford to wait and see if Bynum’s going to mature and “get it” this season.

  10. lmvs2012 - Jul 19, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    @lakerluver..so u think this trade has a good chance to be done then?..pla say YES!..hahahaha

  11. omniusprime - Jul 19, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    I sure wish Kurt would stop wasting time writing articles about a trade that’s not going to happen. The Lakers aren’t stupid enough to trade for Diva or trade away Bynum, they invested a lot of time and money into Drew to give up on him now. Bynum isn’t stupid enough to exile himself to the Cleveland Cadavers, a perennial loser over the many decades. If the Lakers are going to win a title it won’t be with Diva. The Lakers need some youth at point guard to replace Steve Flake and they need to dump McRoberts and Murphy like bad habits.

    Laker Fans for Bynum!

  12. clefan12 - Jul 19, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    2) Bynum (and Howard) likely would not sign an extension to their current deals, they would play out the year and become a free agent with the commitment they would re-sign with the team. The reason is money and length of guaranteed years — sign an extension now they can get three years added on to next season, play out this season and re-sign with the team they are on and they get five years with larger raises each year. What the Lakers and Cavaliers want is a commitment, if they want an actual extension they will be disappointed.

    I know it is different ownership, but would the Cavs really do this after being burned by Boozer?

  13. isujames - Jul 19, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    It tickles me how laker fans say how they hate d howard and how bynum is a better player and all this other nonsense, yet they want him in a laker uniform.Why, because he is better in the post than both their current options.

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