NBA Trade Rumors: Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum trade discussions continue into Sunday

Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sport

Here's a quick update of where the Cavaliers and Lakers seem to be as far as a Pau Gasol for Andrew Bynum trade.

Late last night, it was reported that the Lakers and Cavaliers had completed a trade involving Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum by ESPNLA 710 Radio. That ultimately proved to be a false report, and conversations are still ongoing. Here's where they are as of 2:40 PM on Sunday:

  • Ramona Shelburne, also of ESPNLA, said late last night that the Lakers are not budging from the stance that they want an asset in return for Gasol.
  • She also mentioned that a second round pick does not qualify as an asset from the Lakers' standpoint.
  • Marc Stein of ESPN said that the Cavs "would love to get a deal done Sunday," which makes them seem more inclined to get this done than the Lakers are.
  • Sam Amick of USA Today then reported that the sides are still far enough apart that they haven't yet even discussed who the salary pieces will be that go along with Bynum in order to make the trade cap compliant.
Still, according to a person with knowledge of the talks between the two teams, the only asset Cleveland has offered as of Saturday night is a second-round pick, and that won't be enough to get this deal done. The person strongly refuted a news media report indicating a deal had been agreed upon and said the second-rounder simply wouldn't be enough to get the deal done. What's more, the two sides were far enough apart in talks that the necessary details of the deal regarding other involved players had not been discussed.
  • So we know what the Cavaliers had been willing to include so far, but not what the Lakers' asking price was. Luckily, Adrian Wojnarowski filled us in with that little tidbit.

So that's where the Cavaliers and Lakers stand right now. Obviously, the Cavaliers aren't going to give up Waiters in this deal. His play over the last month or so has been very encouraging for a second year player. Also, it's good to find out that a second round pick clearly isn't going to get this done. The Lakers believe they have a real, valuable asset in Gasol and want to be paid as such. It doesn't seem like they're going to back down from that demand.

It's also worth mentioning a lot of these reports seem to be coming from the Lakers' side. They could simply be posturing in order to try to get Grant to blink and include a young asset. Gasol is included in the Lakers' early starting lineup tonight -- according to Dave McMenamin of ESPNLA -- meaning this will likely come to a conclusion by the time that game rolls around at 9:30 P.M. EST.

Having said that, my guess is that Chris Grant blinks slightly or there is no trade. The Lakers can save money by getting out of the luxury tax, but ultimately I don't think that is as important to them as just getting real assets to fill in around Kobe Bryant for next season. They can simply keep Gasol and attempt to deal him at the deadline for something more tangible, or they can just allow him and his $19 million salary to expire and bank that money for free agency.

Fear the Sword will be around all day to keep you updated as a conclusion to these trade talks occurs.
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