Lakers Rumors: Cavs Refuse To Include Dion Waiters In Possible Trade

Lakers Rumors: Cavs Refuse To Include Dion Waiters In Possible Trade


Dion WaitersWith a Tuesday deadline to trade or waive center Andrew Bynum, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers continue to make progress in a deal centering around him and Pau Gasol.

There was a report last night that a deal was to be completed this afternoon, but the Lakers vehemently deny that. Meanwhile, Gasol was on the practice floor this morning as he prepares for tonight’s game against the Denver Nuggets. Still, trade talks are heating up and according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Cavaliers are making this player off-limits in talks:

The Lakers are interested in doing the deal to save $20-$25 million in luxury tax savings as they’d waive Bynum if the deal is completed. While they’d get the salary relief, they want either a player or draft pick back in a trade.

Rookie Sergey Karasev was mentioned as a possible players coming back to LA in the deal, but it’s clear the Cavaliers aren’t giving up on Waiters just yet. The 22-year-old second-year player from Syracuse reportedly requested a trade out of Cleveland, but just three games out of a playoff spot, they can use his scoring.

Via Sam Amick of USA Today, the Cavaliers aren’t offering much to the Lakers in return:

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.

Still, many believe a deal will ultimately get done as the Lakers and Cavaliers try to agree on a second piece coming back to LA.

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  • kobe24

    Dion Waiters can straight up ball. Love Pau but if kupcake can get bynum + waiters must trade

  • R.I.P Ultimate Warrior

    I think the Cavs will budge. They know they will not get any player better than Pau Gasol for Bynum. The question will be though what will L.A. do with Waiters?

    • Cedric

      Let him play the 2 guard and when Kobe comes back, Kobe can play SF like he did in some games last year.

      • kobe24

        Hm…I feel that if we get Dion Waiters (and if he plays like how he is) sooner or later hes gonna get time to play at the starting 2. And that means once Kobe’s back Jodie Meeks is gonna slide to the bench to be SG and Nick Young at the SF. This might make Xavier Henry of Wesley Johnson the odd man out…(Probably Henry because Johnson has great defense)

    • gdubb

      All that good legal weed in LA is really affecting you guys train of thought- There is no way the Cavs will include Waiters in that package!

      • gbinger

        You may be right but watch. Cleveland will get MITCH SLAPPED BIAATTCH

      • Matt Williams

        No Waiters, no Pau. Simple as that.

      • JB

        weed aint even legal out here you simple bitch

    • grimes.canyon32

      LA would start Waiters at point guard, healthy kobe+ waiters would immediately challenge golden state for best backcourt in the NBA

  • Douglas Carlson

    Cleveland needs to do the trade more than the Lakers. They save money if gone by Tuesday. Lakers can waits until the trade deadline to trade Gasol and get a better deal. Stupid to do a straight up trade.

  • Shaquille Oatmeal

    This is pointless. This is an obvious move to free up cap and tank. We are moving in circles as a franchise. The lakers need to figure out what direction they are going in. Rebuild? Winning now? How long is Dantoni going to coach here? Why is he still coaching here? At this point we are trading for players we have already had and getting re-excitied about them when resign them. We are champions enough with the mind tricks.

    • kobe24

      The Lakers are in a unique situation that they haven’t been for the past decade or so…With Kobe’s era slowly fading away they have to find a new star that can be the face of the franchise in two years. I think what Lakers are trying to do is not rebuild from scratch (Like how Celtics are doing) rather have 1~2 mediocre years and then shoot back up to playoff contenders (sorry Kobe its really hard seeing you getting another ring :'( )

  • Price+Daugherty+Nance Cavs

    Lakers are a joke.Talking in terms of asking for Dion Waiers.Not happening.

    • gdubb

      Finally a person who lives in the real world! No way the Cavs trade Dion in that package.

  • Daryl Peek

    I tried to tell cats Waiters was the other player

  • Jim213

    Best to go with a late (2015) first rounder as Lakers – Cavs player trades haven’t worked out for team. I’d rather have value with a pick for next season given the team doesn’t have a 2015 first round pick and can use it before the 2015 trade deadline.

  • Gregory Choa

    There is no way the Lakers do this deal just to clear cap space and avoid luxury taxes, there would HAVE to be real assets included – say an Anthony Bennett and/or a protected top 10 draft pick – if Pau is seriously going to get traded. I don’t think this deal gets done. More to the point, I’m sick and tired of all this erroneous reporting and tweeting that goes on with Pau constantly at the crap hole end of it. Enough already…premature “breaking news” twittering is the scourge of the 21st century!

  • Marty Susman

    Waiters would be a great player for a future Laker team.I hope they are able to get it done. Maybe include Young or Johnson or Blake or Henry or Sacre or I know, ‘SEND THE COACH ALONG WITH GASOL”…

  • Cedric

    The Lakers should make a move soon and accept something that the Cavs are offering them. And that will be a 2nd round pick. Reportedly the Lakers asked for a 1st round pick, than a swap of picks and then they asked for Varejao. Cavs said no to everything and it seems like the only thing they’ll give the Lakers is a 2nd round pick. We won’t get Waiters or anybody else with potential. That’s reality. And if the Lakers don’t seal the deal within the next hours the Jazz will and send Jefferson to Cleveland for Bynum.

    • Zimmeredge

      non we are in no hurry. the cavs will have to cut bynum before january 7th or they will pay his full wage. so no choice. they trade.
      i think we will have bynum plus first round 14 or 15.
      they have no choice at this point.

    • Gregory Choa

      Great, let the Jazz have him. No way the Lakers should trade Gasol for the luxury tax relief and just a 2nd round pick – that would be beyond lame and do a total disservice to the franchise…#LAKERS DONT TANK!

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Waiters is a good young player.Wait we are all waiting on Waiters.Waiting game.:-)

  • Seth King

    all of you guys are saying “the lakers are in a situation that haven’t been in before” and “they need to rebuild”, but the league has stopped the only real chance they have had to get a real super star in chris paul. they don’t really have any assets anybody wants accept for pau and kobe. so they wait till fee agency. I see all of these so called laker fans freaking out, they did the same thing after shaq left. don’t you all remember the smash parker and kwame brown days and then they landed pau. so everybody calm down the lakers know what they are doing even if you don’t think they do.

  • JohnJo

    A first round pick really would be nice man. Wishful thinking at this point.

  • KP

    Cavs front office won’t ever pull the trigger. They had the opportunity of forcing LeBrons hand when he was a free agent by trading for A’mare Stoudamire (when he was healthy in the final season of his contract much like Pau) but refused to do so because they didn’t want to trade JJ HIckson. Situation is similiar with Pau for Dion Waiters, I don’t see them pulling the trigger. At the same time, Cavs front office has got to come to terms that they will never attract a premier free agent… they will eventually have to trade for one.