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.
Lakers vehemently deny Pau trade is done. Vehemently deny. Aren't budging from stance that they want asset for Gasol— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) January 5, 2014
- She also mentioned that a second round pick does not qualify as an asset from the Lakers' standpoint.
Lakers remain adamant they will only consider trading Pau Gasol for an asset of value. A second round pick doesn't qualify— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) January 5, 2014
- 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.
Cavs would love to get deal done Sunday. But NOT there yet. Lakers still looking for extra asset + Pau-for-Bynum alone doesn't work cap-wise— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) January 5, 2014
- 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.