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Report of completed Pau Gasol-Andrew Bynum trade quickly shot down

Jan 5, 2014, 8:00 AM EST

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A Pau Gasol-Andrew Bynum trade went from stalled to done to somewhere in between, at least according to ESPN reports.

After the Lakers and Cavaliers hit a snag in their negotiations, ESPNLA 710 reported in a since-deleted tweet:

https://twitter.com/ESPNLA710/statuses/419720923529236480

ESPNLA 710 later explained its reporting:

But not before a couple ESPN.com writers gave more-credible reports:

Nobody is denying this trade is in the works. Both sides are clearly discussing it – or at least a deal centered around it. The Cavaliers, under the salary-cap rules, could not trade Bynum straight up for Gasol. But Cleveland adding a minor player or two would make the trade acceptable, at least by the league office.

The Cavaliers want to make the playoffs, and the Lakers want salary relief, so the deal could help both sides. It probably helps the Cavaliers more, so they’ll have to send more to the Lakers (a young player and/or draft pick).

It sounds like both teams will spend Sunday trying to reach an agreement. But they haven’t found that middle ground yet.

  1. Gordon - Jan 5, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    Typical ESPN-on-ESPN crime. These guys always want to say they had a story first. Further proving Doc’s comment yesterday about the Griffin “trade”.

  2. johngalt1783 - Jan 5, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    Is Bennett involved?

    Maybe Tristan Thompson or Varejao who the Cavs have shown an interest in moving.

    • jeffkx - Jan 5, 2014 at 10:44 AM

      No, Bennett, Andy nor Tristan will be involved. If it happens, it will be Bynum plus Alonzo Gee (maybe Earl Clark) and picks (doubt it would be a number 1, maybe two 2nds) for Gasol.

    • jeffkx - Jan 5, 2014 at 11:53 AM

      To all Lakers fans,

      Stop with the crazy trade scenarios. Saw one on twitter that said the Lakers were going to get Waiters, Bennett, Bynum and a #1 for Gasol. It’s going to be close to what I said earlier (Bynum, Gee/Clark and a few 2nds, maybe the Sacramento 1st but doubt it). Sorry guys.

  3. musician0785 - Jan 5, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    first of all the lakers ARE NOT gonna give up Gasol for 2nd round picks…thats the most ridiculous thing ive ever read. People talk about Laker fans having delusions in trade scenarios, but this one takes the cake….You are right in some respects, no Bennett or irving or varejao is coming…most likely waiters or a 1st round pick….but two second rounders, why would a tea trying to rebuild trade the best active player on the team for 2nd round picks….the raptors got more for rudy gay

  4. fmvonmanstein - Jan 5, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    I would laugh so hard, if the league vetoed this trade.

    As a Rockets fan, we’re lucky the trade we made for Gasol was vetoed, otherwise we wouldn’t be in a position now to make a serious playoff push.

    Something the Lakers won’t be doing this season.

  5. chief0727 - Jan 5, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    I love all the crazy reports of the Lakers want assets. The Cavs are COMPLETELY in the drivers seat on any Bynum deal. People forget the only reason anyone is looking to trade for Bynum is to cut him so they can save salary cap space, or in the Lakers case, get under the cap to avoid paying the luxury tax. If the Cavs can’t get what they consider a good deal–they’ll just cut him on Tuesday and save 6 million themselves. If the Lakers or some other team try and play hard ball for assets, the Cavs don’t trade him and the other teams can pay the luxury tax.

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