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Gasol-Bynum trade talks update: Talks reportedly on hold as Lakers, Cavaliers can’t make deal work

Jan 6, 2014, 12:10 AM EDT

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Don’t be shocked if word comes down Monday at that Andrew Bynum is on his way to the Utah Jazz. Or maybe the Cavaliers just decide to hold on to Bynum for a day then waive him themselves on Tuesday.

That’s because the much-discussed Bynum to the Los Angeles Lakers for Pau Gasol talks have stalled out on the same issues that have hung them up for days. The two sides will keep talking but with a real deadline here of Monday (if you are going to waive Bynum by Tuesday) a deal seems unlikely. Brian Windhorst and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN have the details.

Though the discussions have been varied and both sides considered numerous possibilities, the central issue never wavered, sources said.

The Lakers wanted more than just salary savings that trading for Bynum and waiving him would bring, primarily a young player or valuable draft pick. Trading for and cutting Bynum had the potential to save the Lakers more than $20 million in salary and luxury taxes. The Cavs, who stood to add millions to their own payroll with the deal, have resisted meeting the price because Gasol will be a free agent at the end of the season.

The two sides just see the value of Gasol differently. For the Lakers, they see themselves moving a former All-Star and NBA champion who is skilled in the post and can really help a team, and they want to be compensated as such. The Cavaliers want Gasol for those skills to help make a playoff run, but they expect he is a half-season rental and they wisely shouldn’t give up long-term rebuilding assets to make the playoffs this season.

Cleveland had been in talks with the Utah Jazz for a deal that would send Bynum to Utah for veteran swingman Richard Jefferson. That deal could still come together.

Or the Cavaliers could just waive Bynum themselves. Whoever waives Bynum on Jan. 7 will not have to pay the second $6.2 million he is owed for this season (or the $12.5 million he is owed next season).

Once Bynum does clear waivers there will be a few teams looking to bring in the big man with the bad knees to be a reserve for them. Teams like Miami and maybe the Clippers will have interest — but only on a minimum contract.

  1. peterjohnjoseph - Jan 6, 2014 at 12:21 AM

    If Gasol keeps putting up a 23-10-5 line like this with Kendall I think you might want to rethink replacing him with a guy that will still be breathing heavy at the other end of the floor while he’s dishing out assists.

  2. salmonellastains - Jan 6, 2014 at 12:38 AM

    Why can’t these teams stop piddling back and forth with the same pieces, frustrating.

  3. lakerade - Jan 6, 2014 at 12:40 AM

    Good job holding firm, Mitch. That potential savings wasn’t the primary factor anyway, and there are other options for getting below the cap. Also, Pau is the ultimate professional. Period.

  4. harshedmellow - Jan 6, 2014 at 1:07 AM

    I suspect Pawn Gasol groweth weary of this….

  5. clevelandschronic2 - Jan 6, 2014 at 6:40 AM

    Lakers fans are insane if they expect any picks or players besides bynum. You are getting major cap relief and out of the luxury tax which is a big deal in the new cba. The cavs will not give up dion,Sergey karasev or Tristan Thompson just to rent pau gasol for a 1/2 season. He doesnt want to be in LA and its obvious the Lakers “championship coach” (dantoni) doesnt want him. so to expect cap relief,players and picks for gasol is just another laker fantasy, like kobe passing the ball and winning another championship

    • stadix093 - Jan 6, 2014 at 10:37 AM

      He has said he wants to be in LA over and over again. He is a future hall of famer, and still better than most of the people on the Cavs. I mean obviously the Cavs are fine with the current team, losing 8 of its last 9 games. Yup, no need for low post scoring. Just keep making smart decisions like hiring Mike Brown and drafting Bennett number one so we can all see Kyrie go somewhere that he has a chance to make it to the playoffs when he leaves.

    • paleihe - Jan 6, 2014 at 11:54 AM

      I don’t see what Laker fans have to do with any of this.

      Management is trying to get the most it can for Gasol. Should they be faulted for that? I don’t think so.

      As a Laker fan, we’ve won five chips with Kobe, made the finals seven times, and got a chance to witness one of the best of all time play the game. If we don’t get any more with him, I’m perfectly content with that run.

    • danfrommv - Jan 6, 2014 at 3:22 PM

      The reason the Lakers would do this is to both save $20M in salary & tax this year and to further tank. Let’s be honest, the Lakers are not a contending team and won’t be for several years with all of the draft picks they have traded away.

  6. rhoutz1 - Jan 6, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    O those crazy Laker haters. You can’t trade Bynum for Gasol straight up the money doesn’t match so the Lakers asked for another piece and I don’t care what people might think Gasol has value still that’s why we had Chris Paul before the baby owners like yours in Cleveland starting crying so the league undid it. Has never happened before but you have owners who cry like little babies. Lakers have every right to ask for Waiters or draft pick or even ask for Irving that’s what I would do. So stop crying Cavs fans you all should hope to get Gasol he is a class act and might teach the young guys a thing or two and as a Laker fan I hate to see him leave he did so much for this team to win those 2 chips and if he does leave I wish him the best he deserves it.

  7. telergy - Jan 6, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    Cleveland fans swear Waiters is sick. Go look at his stats. I guess yall are happy stacking early draft picks and sucking every year. Let em be then.

  8. imakcds - Jan 6, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    ever since the Cavs made the decision to drop Bynum, I have not seen any quotes from Andrew.
    I’m really curious to see what he might have to say.

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