|Posted by shawn cassidy on January 1, 2014 at 4:15 AM|
I was thinking about this Bynum thing a day after he was suspended, and I thought the Lakers would come up again, but never like this. With the Lakers losing Kobe once again, they have waved the white flag in some ways. They have no chance, so why not "tank" a bit, and at the same time shed cash now to avoid some major luxury tax penalties.
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers continued discussions Tuesday on a deal centered around former teammates Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol, but sources close to the situation told ESPN.com that the outcome of Kyrie Irving's forthcoming MRI exam is likely to have a big impact on how the talks proceed from here.
Irving told reporters Tuesday night that he felt a "pop" in his left knee after suffering the injury during Cleveland's loss to the Indiana Pacers. Irving was initially cleared to return to the game after he went down in the third quarter, but he confessed afterward that the knee felt weak as he played on in the fourth quarter. An MRI is scheduled for Wednesday.
f time, it's believed that the Cavaliers' appetite to take on additional salary in pursuit of a playoff push would inevitably be diminished.
The Lakers, meanwhile, remained firm Tuesday in their insistence on acquiring additional assets from the Cavaliers in addition to Bynum's cap-friendly contract in exchange for the four-time All-Star from Spain.
Although a swap sending Gasol to Cleveland and reacquiring Bynum -- with the intent of releasing him by Jan. 7 when the second half of Bynum's $12.25 million salary becomes guaranteed -- could save the Lakers in excess of $20 million in salary and luxury-tax obligations at season's end, there is strong sentiment within the organization to give the current group time to get healthy, and resurrect its season before making any major moves, sources said.
If I'm the Lakers I do this move, and If I'm the Cavs I do this move, it's a one year rental in the weak Eastern Conference. The Cavs by all means have under performed in many peoples eyes, mine included. This season is young, and it seems that the Cavs want Lebron to return, and I think this move is an effort behind that potential move that hangs around next July.
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