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Lakers News: Lakers Reportedly Uninterested In Gasol-Bynum Swap Reviewed by Momizat on . Earlier this morning it was reported by ESPN that the Los Angeles Lakers were talking to the Cleveland Cavaliers about a trade to send Andrew Bynum back to Los Earlier this morning it was reported by ESPN that the Los Angeles Lakers were talking to the Cleveland Cavaliers about a trade to send Andrew Bynum back to Los Rating: 0
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BynumGasolEarlier this morning it was reported by ESPN that the Los Angeles Lakers were talking to the Cleveland Cavaliers about a trade to send Andrew Bynum back to Los Angeles in exchange for Pau Gasol. In this deal, the Lakers would simply waive Bynum after acquiring him to save as much as $20 million and therefore starting the rebuilding process for the storied franchise.

Only a few hours later, another report has surfaced claiming that the Lakers want more for Gasol according to Mike Bresnahan of the L.A. Times:

But a person familiar with the situation downplayed the report, saying the Lakers would want more value for Gasol in a trade and, additionally, that it would be a stretch for the Lakers to reacquire Bynum, who is indefinitely suspended by the Cavaliers for conduct detrimental to the team.

As usual, it remains unclear what the Lakers intend to do with Gasol. All indications appear to be pointing to the two sides ultimately parting ways, in the off-season or via trade before the deadline on Feb. 20, but the reports of potential deals or trade discussions with other teams continue to be refuted.

Before the trade rumor surfaced about Bynum potentially making his way back to Los Angeles in exchange for Gasol, the Lakers had reportedly reached out to the Brooklyn Nets. The Lakers expressed interest in acquiring veteran center Brook Lopez for Gasol, but Brooklyn wasn’t interested in such a deal. Lopez ultimately went down with a season-ending foot injury shortly after talks with the Lakers had ended.
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  • e3bonz

    I want to see what happens tonight, with all this trade talk. I think Pau will be ready to play, but with Kaman and Hill being hurt will it be enough?

    • Sti1lmatic

      Pau will play like an all star the next few games to market himself.

      • e3bonz

        Maybe show his worth to the FO?

        • Sti1lmatic

          At this point, I think the entire league.

    • Daniel Briones

      Hill’s not hurt though

      • e3bonz

        I thought I saw a story saying he’s got a hamstring soreness or something to that nature?

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Lakers are in full rebuild mode.3 to 5 years is the standard but anything is possible.

    • e3bonz

      Perhaps, on the rebuilding. If they trade Pau then definitely that the thinking. I wouldn’t believe they’re doing anything except holding the fort until Kobe and Blake get back.

      • LakersHeatBeef

        Aside from Kobe all things point to a full rebuild if Pau is essentially traded in a Salary Dump.Kobe is worth his contract and it is justified for him to get paid the money he just signed for.Kobe is too good of a player to let go of he means way too much to the Lakers.

        I am under the belief that the Lakers will rebuild faster than the standard 3 to 5 years.I am gullible enough to believe Kobe Bryant will comeback next season and he will play most the games at least 72 games and at a Superstar level.

        I am under the thought the Lakers will sign a big time free agent and the Lakers FO will fix any issues with coaching,trainers,doctors ETC. Also i think the Lakers will draft a great young player.LOL my expectations are way too high for what is the actual facts right now.Keep hope alive.

        Go Lakers!

        • e3bonz

          Well, this season isn’t over yet, and Kobe will get back to his Mamba mode. If everyone else can get and stay healthy then there’s plenty time left to make a run.

          • LakersHeatBeef

            Exactly right we are only 5 games out of the 8th spot right now.Lakers will make a huge run to the playoffs this season when Kobe comes back.Right now we must keep Pau IMO.

          • e3bonz

            Agreed, it seems to me it would be very hard to find someone to replace him with that would have his skill set. A team that already has a talented big generally wants to keep him.

          • Jim213

            Optimism is good but looking at the picture (overall) given their standings (W&L) and injuries/inconsistencies IMO I have them at 29 W & 22 L for the remainder of the season at best (optimism) given the team’s status unless something changes down the line (trade, etc.. etc…) thus they’ll likely go 42-40 for the season.

          • LakersHeatBeef

            I hope for better than 42-40 but you might be right.

          • Lakers Fan

            We are only 5 games back, but have you looked at our schedule? The Lakers have dug themselves a hole by not winning games they were supposed to win. They are also decimated by injuries. So tell me, what run can we possibly make? We’re not gonna get better on defense, particularly around the rim, unless they make some type of miracle trade.

            How many chances can Pau get? How many times will he let us down? I’m tired of it. We shouldn’t keep Pau, and they should find any way to get rid of him. I don’t know why they didn’t go through with the trade for Bynum. It’s just like the Lakers to be greedy and not take what they can get. I’m extremely disappointed they didn’t get rid of Pau.

          • e3bonz

            You seriously want Bynum? He’s bad knees and a bad attitude, I don’t understand.

          • Lakers Fan

            I don’t want Bynum. I wanted them to get him so they could get Pau and his ridiculous contract off our hands. They obviously was going to dump him as soon as they got him, and all this would have saved us $20 million in luxary tax this year. The Lakers wanted a 1st round pick also, and that pushed Cleveland away. They were being greedy.

          • e3bonz

            If I were the Cavs I wouldn’t give up a first round pick for anybody.

          • Lakers Fan

            My point exactly. That’s why the trade didn’t go through. The Lakers wanted more than Cleveland was willing to give.

          • LakersHeatBeef

            I am gullible and optimistic to a fault.I am full of hope since last season we were 9 games back of .500 and made the 7th spot.But this is pure hope,nothing but hope left.

          • Lakers Fan

            I understand man. I would proudly eat my words if we were to make the playoffs, but I just don’t see it happening. It has more to do with the conference we are in rather than the team. I know we have a talented team, but we are decimated with injuries. It has more to do with the conference than anything.

          • jeremy

            but this isnt last year team, kobe hurt and who know if he will be healthy at all this season, we have no howard, we have a declining gasol and nash who no one knows if he can come back.

          • Lakers Fan

            Stop relying on Kobe to come back and save us! Will Kobe help us defensively? No. You have to realize that Kobe has to get back to himself. That will take time. We aren’t in the East. Remember that. This is the West, and our schedule is brutal to start the year. We’ve dug a hole by not winning games we were supposed to win.

          • e3bonz

            Kobe on the floor makes everyone play better, and yes we dug a hole, but I’m not giving up on this team.

          • Lakers Fan

            It’s not considered giving up when you face reality. The reality is we are a team full of injuries, our second best player is playing lifeless, our only superstar is 35 and coming off an Achilles and knee injury, our best player is a bench player, our defense sucks, we are highly inconsistent, and we are in a very tough conference. That’s the reality of the situation. I want the players to go out and give it their all, but considering the circumstances it might not be enough. That’s facing the truth, not giving up.

          • e3bonz

            I’m not accusing anyone of giving up, I’m just keeping a positive attitude myself, and enjoying each game.

          • kobe24

            Its great that some of you guys are staying optimistic however for me Lakers just aren’t gonna fair well. This season the west is STACKED even more stacked than last year.

            Remember last year how Portland, T-Wolves, and Dallas weren’t great? Yeah they got better and the other playoff teams from last year haven’t gotten worse.

            We are only 5 games back…for now however you don’t realize that other teams above the lakers that aren’t even in playoff contention such as T-Wolves are way better than them.

            And so what if Lakers hit 42-40? That record won’t get Lakers into the playoff. I feel that they will have to hit 46-36 for the bare minimum for playoff then what? Probably a 1st round sweep by Portland or OKC

            Sometimes you have to swallow pride and start tanking. Look at Spurs they tanked and got Tim Duncan now they have had a their dynasty with Tony Parker – Duncan – Manu for the past decade or more.

          • GM Jack

            I appreciate your optimism. Even if mamba did not have @ age 35 with all in juries. There are only 3 players on the all time list ahead of Kobe. Jordan, Malone, Kareem.

            If Kobe was to retire today, He has placed him self in the league of legends.

            My prediction, Kobe might announce his retirement and Lakers can take that off the books and it will not be as long as every one thinks to rebuild.

        • Al Haldie

          I do believe the LAKERS have used all their picks for a few yr…

  • Lakers Fan

    Who am I not surprised? SMH!

  • Dana Douglas

    Last time the Lakers started to decline when they lost Kareem Abdul Jabbar in 1989, it was 11 years before they won another championship. That’s where we are now, folks. At the very beginning of a long drought. It doesn’t matter what happens with Gasol, the Lakers are going nowhere for a long time, especially with this new CBA.

    I will still watch every game, go to a few, and cheer them valiantly on. But don’t expect any trophies for another decade.

    • e3bonz

      Must be nice to actually go to game, out where I live it’s an 8 hours drive, and that’s if you want to see the Jazz.

      • Dana Douglas

        Yeah, but I’ll bet you live in a much prettier place than I do. :)

      • Mattis

        Must be nice to be able to drive to the game, where I live it’s a 20+ hour flight, and at least $5000 ;)

    • jeremy

      so you went as far as to talk about 1989 then bring up more recent struggles after shaq left and i believe it was 3 years after shaq left that lakers got a ring. all lakers need is someone who can teach them defense. it not like the lakers are far away from being a good title winning team. they just need a few pieces and a coach who can teach them to play D

      • Dana Douglas

        The Lakers aren’t even in the same solar system as a title winning team. I appreciate your optimism, Jeremy, but Shaq leaving is not the equivalent. I think this is much more like the end of an era, as it was when Kareem left in 1989 (and then Magic in 1992). Then, it took years before the Lakers realized that they had to rebuild, and when they finally realized it, it took several more years before The Great Jerry West was able to land the mother of all fish: Shaq and Kobe in the same off-season. And even after getting them, it took from 1996 to 2000 to turn that team into a title team.

        I hope you’re right, but I sure don’t think so. I think we’re in for some dark ages, here.

        • jeremy

          well i think this team is different when health even without kobe lakers were a pretty good team heck they beat the clippers and fought the spurs till the end. i really think with how the next 2 off seasons look. lakers could be a tittle team within 2 years. maybe even next year depending who they keep and get in the off season. maybe all the lakers need is a change in coaches. someone who can teach the team to play some d. lakers had alot of chances to win but like always the d killed us

          • Dana Douglas

            From your keyboard to God’s ears. :)

        • GM Jack

          Dana, I agree with you. Lakers last two big fish, Kobe and Shaq was 18 years ago. That was Jerry West.

          The Current GM team, did not even make a Run @ LeBron in 2010.

          I was really Shocked. LeBron out side of Lakers market has been the hottest players in the NBA since 2007. That the Lakers made no attempts to go after him.

          Then the current team with would be LeBron/Howard.

          Right now I think Lakers need to sit tight and when Kobe’s contract foes out the window they can go after Durant and Love.

    • A Fan

      Actually, those Lakers’ decline started when Magic retired in ’91. Then James Worthy followed suit, and it was all downhill till Shaq arrived

      • Dana Douglas

        I disagree. They started their decline when Cap retired. In fact, his last year was the beginning of their decline, as his farewell tour distracted the team all year long. 1988 was the last year they won a championship before the first with Shaq and Kobe in 2000. In 1989 the Bad Boy Pistons blew the Lakers out of the finals. In 1990 the Lakers didn’t make it to the finals, and in 1991 even with Magic and Worthy the Bulls beat them up badly. And that was that for the rest of the decade.

        • GM Jack

          Dana you absolutely correct. 1988 was the decline. But, in 1989 they had no chance in the finals, both Magic and Scott were injured. When Kareem retired that was the Lakers Dark days till 2000. 11 years.

          1. Let’s play devils advocate, I really wish that Lakers in anticipation for Kareem retirement would have some how traded for Karl Malone or Hakeem, but that did not happen. Instead Magic had to play with Divac. But Worthy was injured in 1991, So I am not Sure if the Lakers would have won. But with Malone/Hakeem and Magic it would have been interesting.
          Anyway you look at it, 1988 was the decline. Magic had been in the finals 7 of his first 9 seasons. The guy was tired.

          2. On the current situation, Lakers did not have to be the bottom feeder right now. If they had Signed for Howard, Anthony would have signed with Lakers this coming Summer. But it would have required the management to be honest with Kobe to have him accept a $10 M x 2 years contract. But that did not happen. Duncan accepted a 3 years $30 M contract. That is what veterans do. Even Shaq took a pay cut in his las seasons.

        • GM Jack

          89 Magic did not play and Scott did not play due to injuries.
          91 Worthy was injured and Magics team mates were Campbell and Divac. They would have most likely lost anyway.

      • Dana Douglas

        I remember the 1989 blowout by the Pistons. I was at Game 4, the last game of the finals and Kareem’s last game in the NBA. It was at the Forum, and I had seats in the lower section behind the benches, and I was behind the visitor’s bench, one row behind and one seat to the right of Danny Glover (who I discovered is a very large man). Despite how badly the Lakers were manhandled in that series, I’ll always remember when Kareem went out of the game for the last time, and we gave him a deafening standing ovation that seemed to go on forever.

  • rik

    Lakers should do pau for bynum+waiters or perhaps pau meeks and henry for bynum waiters and Bennett

    • jeremy

      i dont think cavs want bynum traded that badly for them to do a trade like that. at most lakers would get waiter with bynum and maybe a pick

  • jeremy

    to be honest i think lakers should try to get something for gasol instead of maybe letting him go for nothing. if the lakers could get a decent player in return then why not do a trade. but from the sounds of it lakers might over value gasol. unless this team can some how wake up and not be injury,sick and could actually play defense. i just dont see much hope for the lakers this season.

    • GM Jack

      Gasol trade is very hard right now, because out all the teams, no one really needs a @ $ 19 million dollars big man. The bottom feeders will wait it out and then re-negotiate his deal for the lowest price. And the teams that are in the playoffs hunt cannot risk and gamble to change the line up. Because of Gasol’s age and his big contract, they would have to give up a lot. At the end of the day, the only sensible thing is to wait for his contract to expire.

      Age and big contract will not work on this trade. Lakers need to stop trying to trade for him.

      I wish Gasol all the best. He battled with the Lakers for 2 rings.

  • jeremy

    i wonder what happen in the close door meet coach and Mitch had. since i read on twitter after his post game media session him and Mitch had a close door meeting

  • KwonGuerillaCross

    This has to be the longest any player in the history of the NBA has been on the trading block without getting traded. It’s been 4 years now. Just trade him why he still has a little value. They have held on to him way too long and soon they won’t be able to even get a second round pick for him.

  • L

    I’d like for them to try to pry away Dion Waiters from the cavs

  • wakeupcall

    Would it really matter who the Lakers traded for if D’Antoni changes the lineup every night and the Lakers don’t play defense? Does anyone wonder why Meeks takes 17+ shots a game and the Lakers shoot almost 25 three pointers a game? Is this run and gun approach working or am I the only one seeing it? Does anyone wonder why D’Antoni doesn’t see the need for a guy to rebound ?
    Its time for a coaching change and stop the excuses. We have a good team, we just need a guy that can run it . I’m for Kurt Rambis to take over.

    • Sylvia Ross

      I Agree that a change in coaches is needed, but not kurt rambis. he is not what the team needs. Maybe Byron Scott but not Kurt he didn’t do well with the team he had before coming to the Lakers. d’antoni, NEEDS TO GO!!!

  • Raslin Ram M. Pandaca

    Don’t know why the lakers is trying to unload Gasol, is it because it is the demand of Dantoni,the only decent playeRs in the rosters are kobe(injured),pau(Dantoni doesn’t like him),Kaman(doesn’t play at all), hill(limited min) and young,
    what Dantoni wants to play is a run and gun, with no SYSTEM,he wants the players to shoot,shoot and shoot, then he must acquire turkoglo so that the first five would be,farmar,Meeks,young,turkoglo and Williams,

    NO DEFENSE,ONLY OFFENSE

    • GM Jack

      Miami plays the same system as D Antoni.

      But you have to have the players.

  • Al Haldie

    On these trade rumers is it possible to trade PAU AND D’ANTONI AT THE SAME TIME- it would not be fair to D’Antoni not to have PAU to blame everthing that goes wrong on PAU……THATS MY WISH FOR THE 2014/15 SEASON…

    • GM Jack

      How about leave Gasol alone and adding some one to help the GM. Just an idea.

      Remeber. The last two big names in Lakers Uniform were Shaq and Kobe. 1996. That way too long in Lakers tradition. Lakers are used to get the best!

  • GM Jack

    Gasol can demand trade. This way he will see what his market value is. If Gasol should try to come to terms with the Lakers. I have a feeling they are offering him 2 years $10 M and he is Balking at those figures.

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