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    Lakers and Cavs discussing Gasol/Bynum Deal...

    Cavs, Lakers Discussing Bynum, Gasol

    December 31 at 7:51am CST By Luke Adams


    Nearly 17 months after they sent him to the Sixers, the Lakers are mulling the possibility of reacquiring Andrew Bynum, according to Brian Windhorst and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com. The ESPN duo reports that the Lakers and Cavaliers have had discussions about a trade that would sent Bynum back to Los Angeles in a package for Pau Gasol. No deal is imminent, but the two sides are weighing their options in advance of January 7th, this seasonís contract guarantee deadline.

    By trading Gasol for Bynum, and subsequently waiving Bynum before his full 2013/14 salary becomes guaranteed in January, the Lakers could potentially get out of luxury-tax territory for this season, depending on what other pieces were included in the deal. At the very least, it would significantly reduce the teamís payroll and tax bill, and would give L.A. more financial flexibility going forward. Since Gasolís full-season salary is worth about $7MM more than Bynumís, the Cavs would have to include at least one other player in the hypothetical swap for it to work under CBA rules. Adding C.J. Miles, or any player or combination of players earning more money than Milesí $2.25MM, would make a Gasol/Bynum trade legal.

    Still, the Lakers would have a hard time parting with Gasol without receiving some assets of value in return, according to Windhorst and Sherburne. Given the clubís storied history, a simple salary dump likely isnít in the cards, even if the ability to avoid the repeater tax would be extremely beneficial. The ESPN duo notes that thereís still a strong organizational sentiment within the Lakers to let the current group get healthy and try to contend before the front office does anything drastic.

    As for the Cavs, they also pursued Gasol in the summer, conducting extensive discussions with the Lakers before Dwight Howard signed with the Rockets, according to the ESPN report. Windhorst and Shelburne also suggest that Cleveland has engaged in talks with the Bulls about a similar deal that would involve Bynum and Luol Deng. Like the Lakers, the Bulls could get out of tax territory, or at least very close to it, by swapping Deng in a package for Bynum, then cutting the big man before his $12.25MM salary becomes guaranteed. However, Chicago still doesnít seem inclined to move Deng at this point.

    Cost-cutting moves by teams like the Lakers and Bulls, who are typically perennial contenders, may not have even been considered if not for the new CBA. As Windhorst points out (via Twitter), the new luxury tax, and the repeater tax in particular, is far more punitive than it was a few years ago, so clubs with expensive, non-contending rosters may be more inclined to cut their losses. Whether or not the Lakers or Bulls opt for that route, itíll be something to watch closely as 2014′s trade deadline approaches.
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    Lakers and Cavs discussing Gasol/Bynum Deal...

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    If we get a 1st from CLE then let's do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsthornton7 View Post
    If we get a 1st from CLE then let's do it.
    Why would they send us a first when we are both pretty much in the same boat

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    Why don't they just make it a three way trade?

    Lakers: deng
    Cavs: gasol
    Bulls: bynum

    Then just add the necessary pieces...

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    The Lakers would be getting the better part of this deal cause it totally saves their butts on the massive new Tax hit that they are going to get. So why would Cleveland have to ADD to the pot by adding a 1st rounder, or any significant young player ? Also BTW...the deal CAN'T even happen straight up cause the Cavs ARE over the salary cap as well. So the Lakers would have to accept another player in the trade. And as stated..the Cavs AREN'T going to give the Lakers say Waiters or Bennett ( LOL )...they might give back the failed Earl Clark...but thats about it.



    When it comes to dealing Gasol, the Lakers have ZERO leverage. He is crusty, old, beat up, and his deal is up and there is NO guarantee he would re-sign if he were dealt away. So unless the Lakers wanna take back a some what cancerous contract in a Gasol deal..( Which they don't )....there is NO WAY a team is gonna give up actual ASSETS, e.g., Good young lower paid players of draft picks....for a used up, beaten down Pau Gasol.




    Just not gonna happen people.

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    Lakers and Cavs discussing Gasol/Bynum Deal...

    If it's gonna help for next year financial situation, then I'm all for it. We gotta do all we can do now to help ourselves for next year and the future
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mcdoh View Post
    Why don't they just make it a three way trade?

    Lakers: deng
    Cavs: gasol
    Bulls: bynum

    Then just add the necessary pieces...

    Why would the bulls do that when they already have a solid center and Deng is a free agent I think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Citanoxeno View Post
    Why would the bulls do that when they already have a solid center and Deng is a free agent I think?
    The bulls have the same reason as the lakers.. Cost cutting by waiving bynum.. If the bulls-cavs rumor is true..

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    How about the Lakers Gasol to the Cavs for Bynum and A. Varejao or D. Waiters either way the are going to release Bynum so the money work out

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    The only reason the Lakers have for doing this is to release Bynum and get below the Luxury tax threshold, which would save about $20 million in salary and allow the Lakers to use the full MLE this summer, instead of a mini MLE. This is not achievable if we take back matching salary from a third team.

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    The Cavs would have to include another player or two to make up the $7million difference between Pau and Bynum's contracts. Cleveland would probably try to force us to take Jarrett Jack's 4yr/24mil or another contract that they may not want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by royal bob:27709339
    The only reason the Lakers have for doing this is to release Bynum and get below the Luxury tax threshold, which would save about $20 million in salary and allow the Lakers to use the full MLE this summer, instead of a mini MLE. This is not achievable if we take back matching salary from a third team.
    We are going to be way below the cap this summer anyway so we wont be getting any MLE whether we do the trade or not.
    Last edited by bleedprple&gold; 12-31-2013 at 12:51 PM.

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    why not give it a shot with the old squad 1 last time lol, Keep Pau trade expiring k's for Drew sign LO and Brown lol

    Brown, Bryant, Farmar, LO, Pau and Drew and Phil!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by still1ballin View Post
    If it's gonna help for next year financial situation, then I'm all for it. We gotta do all we can do now to help ourselves for next year and the future
    it is not only going to save us money this year but it will almost insure we get a lottery pick

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