Lakers News: Gasol-For-Bynum Trade Talks Have Stalled

Lakers News: Gasol-For-Bynum Trade Talks Have Stalled


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Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Four-time All-Star Pau Gasol may still be headed to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for Andrew Bynum, but the deal may take a little longer to come to fruition with the Cavs now seeking other options.

On Thursday, talks between the Cavs and Lakers stalled according to Brian Windhorst and Ramona Shelburne of

Talks between the Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers over a trade involving Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum have stalled, sources told

The deal is not dead but it is no longer progressing. The Cavs, who have until Jan. 7 to trade Bynum before his contract becomes guaranteed and loses its instant value in a trade, are now actively seeking other options.

At this point in time, the writing seems to be on the wall in Los Angeles that Gasol will be sent elsewhere before the NBA trade deadline on Feb. 20. The Lakers organization may have been unclear about Gasol’s trade status over the past few months, but now it simply seems as if it’ll be a matter of time before he’s dealt.

In his return from an upper respiratory infection on Tuesday night, Gasol shot poorly hitting 9-of-23 from the floor, but finished with 25 points, four blocks and six rebounds in 36 minutes.

It’ll be interesting to see if the Lakers and Cavs can come to an agreement before the Jan. 7 deadline to trade Bynum. Both sides appear eager to get a deal done, but the Lakers want to receive assets in return rather than simply saving $20 million as a result of waiving Bynum.
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  • JohnC

    9 of 23 is not bad for any center playing in this system. 8 of 21 was Young’s contribution. Run, shot, return-run, shot, return… a 7-footer is doomed.

    A win-win would be to trade Pau to a contender. LA can’t offer Pau play-offs, Pau can offer LA the play-offs either (nor anyone, but that’s something everyone knows by now). Pau can help the Thunder, San Antonio or Portland win a championship that is for Miami once again.

    • Jose

      I see your point about Pau being a vet that can help a playoff bound team but which one of those teams do you see giving up assets to get Pau? Pau’s contract makes it almost impossible for him to move to a contending team. It would be awesome if for some reason they could but I highly doubt that it would happen. I am of the thinking that the Lakers just ride out all the bad luck and injuries and just get as high a pick as they can and possibly do the same next year. That way going into the 2015 off season they have young assets and have cap space to add some good vets into the mix. I know they owe the 2015 first round to Phoenix but it’s top five protected so if next seasons looks like this year they can end up keeping it.

  • AChris

    might as well just get a young player if a pick is too much to ask for, or try to call up other teams.

  • Aditi Arora

    Four-time All-Star Pau Gasol may still be headed to the Cleveland<<< bam80 com

  • Rigged4fun

    Jim/Mitch have expressed their respect and thankfulness for Pau, however to ignore the opportunity to clear not only a financial benefit, but possibly a chance to reap a draft choice or something that helps the Lakers move forward is ludicrous. Although Pau claims his capabilities are still intact, observation has proved him wrong. So the question resides with Jim/Mitch to help themselves by making a strong statement to bring this franchise to its glory.

  • Marty Susman

    Make this trade work, get rid of Gasol BUT insist on Waitor’s as part of the deal. Send Blake & Nahs along with them.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    It’s not tanking. The Lakers are performing at their talent level. So please just keep that in mind and yes Pau Gasol deserves much better than this.This is pure frustration for us fans seeing the Lakers lose just about every game they play lately.The Lakers were 10-9 with a upbeat young fast team that was gelling and playing inspired basketball.

    Then Kobe returned and the Lakers went 2-4 in his return,not sure why.Then since he left the Lakers are not playing good at all they are 1-6 with a bad vibe in the air.Yeah this is not looking too promising,the Lakers are better off trading Pau Gasol in order to get something in return for him.

    Too many injuries are preventing the Lakers from having a decent record.13-19 is pushing the Lakers way too far back in the standings and it’s better off to just accept the trade offers that will possibly be offered by other teams interested in the Lakers players.Time to rebuild and the Lakers FO understands that also.These are miserable tough times for all of the Lakers fans who support this team.Losing key players to injury and free agency has doomed the Lakers.That is a fact.

  • quickster

    Dantoni system is guard friendly. Dantoni system never put a lot of emphasis on a center. The main reason Pau struggles. Put Pau in a team like the Bulls, Heat, Spurs or even the Clippers he will be great.

  • Delafontain

    The Lakers have 3 more days (72 hrs.) to work-out that trade, which will save them $ 20 million; after they waive Bynum. That is a big sum to pass on. Do it Mitch.