Best Trade for Cavs or Best Location for Bynum?
posted at 12/31/2013 8:02 PM EST
Stories abound regarding the best scenario for Bynum with teams like the Clips and Heat mentioned. But what's best for the Cavs? This new story indicates that the Lakers might bite the bullet and trade Bynum (and a 2014 pick?) to carve out some cap space. The Cavs would get Gasol in return and maybe, just maybe, the Cavs get some return on their investment in Bynum.
Memo: Sounds kinda like the idea of Rondo to Indy for cap space & picks.
In what universe would the Lakers even consider dumping a four-time All-Star in nothing more than an accounting move to save a few bucks in salary and luxury tax? In this universe, that's what -- the universe created by the 2011 collective bargaining agreement.
According to ESPN.com, the Lakers have had discussions with the Cavaliers about a trade that would send Pau Gasol to Cleveland for Andrew Bynum. The motivation? With Kobe Bryant hurt again and the Lakers clinging to slim hopes of even making the playoffs in the stacked Western Conference, LA would then waive Bynum before the other half of his $12.25 million salary becomes guaranteed on Jan. 7.
Depending on how the deal is structured, it could save the Lakers millions in salary and luxury tax this season and nudge them under the tax threshold -- which would save them from the dreaded repeater tax next season.