Andrew Bynum may be a Laker once again, according to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne. Reports claim that the Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers have made progress on Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol trade talks. The Cavaliers are trying to reach an agreement by Sunday, in order to complete the deal before Tuesday’s deadline for Bynum’s fully guaranteed contract.
The Lakers are asking for a young prospect or draft pick alongside Andrew Bynum, in exchange for Pau Gasol. The Lakers may ask for Dion Waiters, who was having chemistry problems with Mike Brown and the Cavaliers early into the season. However, Cleveland is unlikely to deal the young guard away.
Andrew Bynum, who missed all of last season, averaged 8.4 points and 5.3 rebounds in his 24 games played with the Cavaliers. Cleveland has suspended indefinitely, for undisclosed reasons. Rumors claim that Bynum’s lack of effort and passion of the game is what made Mike Brown and the Cavaliers front office shut him down.
Pau Gasol is currently averaging 15.3 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. He is currently playing the last season of his NBA contract, which means he would be able to walk away from any team he is dealt to. However, the veteran still has a few solid years left under his belt, and can help turn things around in Cleveland.
In the Lakers point of view, it may not make sense taking on Andrew Bynum’s large contract. The second year of Bynum’s contract is a team option, which is worth over $12.5 million. They could possibly decline his team option and stick with the potential lottery pick or talented prospect acquired by the Cleveland Cavaliers.