Trade talks that would send Pau Gasol from the Lakers to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange Andrew Bynum‘s contract have stalled, according to reports from ESPN.
The trade is not yet dead, but there appears to be a snag in negotiations. The Lakers are seeking a young player or a draft pick from the Cavs to complete the deal, but Cleveland has been reluctant to part with either as yet. Cleveland has until January 7th to trade Bynum before the remaining $6 million of his contract becomes guaranteed.
As it stands, Bynum can be traded and waived before that date to create salary cap space for whichever team that lands him, which makes a Bynum for Gasol deal so attractive for the Lakers. Sending Gasol to Cleveland would save the Lakers over $20 million in salary and cap penalties and would put the Lakers below the luxury tax threshold for the first time in seven years.
Cleveland could use a veteran center of Gasol’s ability to balance their young team and help them reach the playoffs. The Cavs are currently 3 games out of the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference.
Trading Bynum would benefit the Cavs the most this season, so if Cleveland and Los Angeles are unable to come to an agreement before next week, expect Bynum to be dealt elsewhere or to be waived flat out by the Cavs.
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