Lakers Rumors: Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum Trade Unlikely

Lakers Rumors: Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum Trade Unlikely

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

As the losses continue to pile up for the Los Angeles Lakers, rumors about a trade of forward Pau Gasol continue to swirl. The 33-year-old forward is having a subpar season and has recently been criticized by his teammates for not playing through an upper respiratory issue.

For the last day or so, a trade centering around Gasol and former Laker and current Cleveland Cavalier center Andrew Bynum has been discussed. There was a report that the two teams were discussing the deal, but nothing was imminent. However, according to David Aldridge of, it doesn’t sound like a deal is likely:

If the Lakers were to acquire Bynum, they’d likely waive him in an effort to save close to $20-$25 million in getting rid of Gasol. Bynum has been suspended by the Cavaliers for conduct detrimental to the team and it’s also possible he decides to retire.

At 13-19 and losers of their last six games, the Lakers find themselves slowly considering giving up on the season and trading away one of their most attractive trade pieces in Gasol. Along with criticism from players, he’s come under fire from head coach Mike D’Antoni as it’s clear his days in a Laker jersey could be coming to an end after the season.

A deadline of January 7 is set for a possible Bynum deal since he’s owed another $6 million from the Cavaliers at the time. While there’s still a week or so until a decision has to be made, it doesn’t sound like the deal is likely to happen.

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  • kobe24

    I’m tired of this rumor now lol if Gasol goes he goes if he stays he stays hes not gonna come back next season anyways.

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  • LakersHeatBeef

    Lakers can make Pau Gasol available in trade talks to contenders that need a extra big man that is skilled like Pau Gasol is.A few teams that can use Pau Gasol as a big man option are Miami,Portland,Spurs,Thunder,Suns,Clippers,Rockets.Asking price should be a young unproven player or two and a first round pick exactly what the Suns got for Luis Scola.Or find a sweet deal like the Suns found for Jared Dudley where they got Eric Bledsoe for a certified journeyman.Time to go hard.

    • e3bonz

      Seems to me, why would a team give up anything when they could just wait 6 months and make an offer directly to Pau. We saw the same situation with DH last year.

      • LakersHeatBeef

        To get the contender a championship this season.The window for a championship opportunity is a very short window with the new CBA now in place.Teams like the Suns and Portland have been chasing a championship for over 3 decades now.Spurs have been chasing championship number 5 for 7 years now and these things matter so when a team can add a big piece to the puzzle they are willing to make a trade in most cases.But it is a big if with all the money Pau makes and teams would have a helluva a hard time making salaries match up.But yes a contender needs Pau not garbage teams IMO.

        • e3bonz

          Seems to me the teams that are contenders this season are doing it with players they have already.

          • LakersHeatBeef

            True but sometimes a team adds a veteran player to put them over the hump.Lakers added Mike Thompson and Orlando Woolridge in mid season deals and Detroit added Rasheed Wallace to put them over the hump via trade years ago.Dallas added Tyson Chandler via trade to earn a title.

            Lakers added Pau Gasol ironically to help them become champions granted he was younger back then.Houston added Clyde Drexler via trade to help them get a second championship.Pacers added Luis Scola to help them get over the hump we shall see if any contender comes calling for Pau Gasol.It’s a buyer and seller league and the Lakers look to be sellers this season but that is not confirmed yet.

          • e3bonz

            I see no magic bullet trade saving this season.

          • cj

            the idea is not to save the season but to move pau to a contender so hes happy. In moving pau we could get under the tax and be a worse team. any trade that moves pau is saying we surrender

  • Tom Johns

    How about Al Horford for Pau? Al’s out for this year and the Hawks are trying to contend without their center, so maybe they would consider this. Put Al at the 4 next year. And then Pick up Bynum for a song AFTER the Cavs have waived him. Then in the off season, pick up Carmello. Then resign their best bench in the league. How could the Lakers not win with this lineup?

    • Natatouie

      because i don’t see the reason why the hawks would trade Horford for Gasol that’s why!

  • JonhC

    I’m from Spain. I’m Gasol’s fan – not a Laker fan.

    I think Pau should have been traded last year to a good contender (Portland,Spurs,Thunder,Rockets). If Pau goes to one of those, they no doubt become the next champions. Good for LA ’cause they save money and good for Pau, once LA can’t offer a championship, not even the play-offs. Not because of injuries, but there is just one top NBA player out there now: Pau. Not to talk about the coach… It’s impossible they make the play-offs.

    But this is not about sport as much as it is business.