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Pau Gasol Trade Rumors: Lakers, Cavs Can’t Agree To Additional Piece Reviewed by Momizat on . Faced with a strict deadline of 2 pm PST tomorrow afternoon, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers continue to stare each other down about a possible A Faced with a strict deadline of 2 pm PST tomorrow afternoon, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers continue to stare each other down about a possible A Rating: 0
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Pau Gasol Trade Rumors: Lakers, Cavs Can’t Agree To Additional Piece

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Pau GasolFaced with a strict deadline of 2 pm PST tomorrow afternoon, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers continue to stare each other down about a possible Andrew Bynum-Pau Gasol trade.

After the deadline, the Cavaliers have to guarantee the additional $6 million on Bynum’s contract as he’s been suspended indefinitely by the team. Meanwhile, the Lakers motivation is to clear cap space since they don’t want to pay the luxury tax this season and it’ll give them more freedom to spend in the coming years. On ESPNLA 710, senior writer Ramona Shelburne discussed where talks stand now and what’s holding up the deal:

There’s three or four things that get this deal done and Cleveland knows all of them. If they give them Dion Waiters, a first-round pick, Anderson Varejao, I think they like Zeller as well. There’s a couple of other players on that team that get the deal done. Right now, Cleveland’s offer is Andrew Bynum and C.J. Miles or Alonzo Gee and go enjoy your $23 million in salary cap.

The Lakers are currently on their way to Dallas as they’ll begin a three-game road trip tomorrow night against the Dallas Mavericks. As has been confirmed by multiple outlets, Gasol did board the team flight as his name continues to be mentioned in rumors.

In what was possibly his last game as a Laker, the 33-year-old Spaniard scored 25 points to go along with 10 rebounds in five assists against the Denver Nuggets, and said afterwards that he hasn’t received any clarity about the rumors. Along with the Lakers, the Cavaliers are reportedly talking to other teams, notably the Utah Jazz about Bynum, as it’s clear they’re determined to get a deal done today.

For the Lakers, trading Gasol to either the Cavaliers or another team down the road seems inevitable at this point as management looks to free up money for future dealings.

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  • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

    Who’s going to blink?… Wondering why Lakers are not interested in Earl Clark.. he played good for MDA last year… specially with the injury to Pau. Pau Gasol and Williams for Bynum, Clark, and Zeller.

    • Brandon Leong

      Earl clark left to Cavs for more money that’s why.

      • marcus mims

        Clark is also horrible

        • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

          no one was saying that when he was filling in for Gasol last year…. In fact everyone was raving to have him last summer. He stretch the floor in MDA’s system.

      • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

        That’s why I am wondering… they could get him back in this trade… he will add shooting and rebounding in the absence of Gasol and the salary will match.

        • Brandon Leong

          I believe that is not a good trade as well. He isn’t putting any big numbers in Cavs, he would be too expensive to get back anyway. With Gasol playing at his top form now, I don’t think we should make the season any worst by trading him. I don’t see many other high IQ center in the league now besides Gasol/Marc. Even with Dwight we didn’t flourish in the offense and he got into foul trouble often. I still think at the mean time, Gasol should stay on the roster.

          • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

            my comment is of course predicated on the trade rumor being ciscussed between Cavs and Lakers. That they could ask for EC and Zeller plus Bynum should a trade be done. Bigs for Bigs…

          • kobe24

            I think one reason (of course its just guessing) could be its already a crowded front court. Even with Gasol gone there are quite a few players already that can fill his void (Kaman, Hill, Sacre , Kelly etc) and I don’t think they can accommodate minutes for Clark if he joins

          • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

            please remember, the lakers is running MDA system, they need a stretch 4 to make it run smoothly… Only Kelly can play that role and Williams now… Clark can slide into that role if included in the trade.

    • Daryl Peek

      The Cavs just traded Bynum to the Bulls for Deng.

  • Rochester Juice

    Maybe Dion Waiters can be added he boxed Kyrie Irving and knocked him out.Black eye for Irving after the homie Waiters socked that dude up.Too much beef to keep Waiters ship him out to Lakers and then draft a shooting guard Cavs.

    • SwaggyP

      Irvings black eye came from playing.. not getting punched.. I know this because I watch every game

  • Ben Kosharek

    I’m not sure why Alonzo Gee with all the cap relief is such a bad deal. Maybe Kaman will actually get to play lol. Ultimately, i think they’ll jump at that. As far as Earl goes, the Lakers probably know Earl doesn’t want to be there, because he left, so it’s no point in bringing him back

    • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

      Cavs offered Clark a good contract… he took it… it’s not about not wanting to be here. They are professional. This is their work, naturally they will look to get a good contract. No one can fault no here.

      • Ben Kosharek

        Right, and more money than the Lakers were willing. Clark ain’t comin’.

    • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

      Aolonzo Gee? we have better players than him and he is a SG…. a Big for a small player is never a good trade except when the small player can command double teams or a game changer. Gee is neither.

      • Ben Kosharek

        Another big, so MDA will continue to bench Kaman…and barely play Hill.

        • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

          IT’s either you are not watching the games or you are watching but does not understand how MDA’s system runs… main reason why Kaman is in the dog house is that, he is almost always out of position on the floor… he does not get to his spots both defensively/offensively, Learn the offense and you will see what I mean.

          • Ben Kosharek

            I don’t disagree with you, but that’s the problem with his coaching style. If a player doesn’t fit his system, they collect dust. Kaman’s stats whoop William’s in almost every category…Even when playing “wrong” in the system. He just can’t shoot 3′s. But, if we had a more dependable inside game, the shooters would have plenty more opportunity to shoot. C.J. Miles has a better 3pt shot than Shawne too (minus rebounds, where Kaman is superior to Williams).

          • Ben Kosharek

            ps, i’m not saying I wan’t CJ,

          • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

            CJ miles is not bad.. his is an expiring contract… PAu and Meeks for Bynum, Miles, Zeller,1st rd pick. will not be a bad deal for both.

          • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

            the system needs a stretch 4 to be able for the PG to run it well… Kaman clogs the paint, hence the offense is obscured when he is in. System vs fitting in with players is an age old debate… championship teams almost always have a system in place where they can plug players in and out, not the other way around. This is the same comments I have read about Phil Jackson and his triangle offense.

          • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

            It’s the same in a corporate world… if an employee does not fit the direction you need to go… you don’t give that employee much responsibility… it’s a bout direction and philosophy… teams got to have those… if a team keeps on adapting to every player that falls into their lap, I can tell you, we are talking about decades of futility here.

  • Jim213

    The only thing that imeapt FO should consider is a 1st rounder (even if late 1st rnd pick). Given that they won’t have a pick in 2015 it’d be best to acquire one which can be used (value) in another possible trade 2014-2015 before trade deadline.

    • Gregory Choa

      I agree that the “extra piece” is not so much an existing player (with the right contract to make the trade work) as much as it is about the draft pick…Lakers can’t settle for just a 2nd rounder, it’s gotta be a 1st round pick.
      If the Lakers can’t get that added value in this trade, they shouldn’t trade Pau.

      • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

        the Lakers asked for the followng assets Waiters, 1st round pick, Zeller, and Varejao… Cavs only offered Miles and Alonzo Gee…

        • Gregory Choa

          That’s a lot…I can see why the Cavs would balk at that…then again, given the almost $9m gap between Gasol & Bynum’s salary, I can see why so many other players would be needed to make the trade work.
          It seems as though the sticking point is this business of throwing in the 1st round draft pick – which IMO is the key asset the Lakers need, and should not settle without it.

          • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

            My bad… it should be “the lakers asked for either of those assets… not all of those… but Cavs only offered Miles and Gee, which would be a rip off.

        • Jim213

          For the trade to work a first rounder and another player would be needed given Pau’s salary from what is said. Heard Cav’s had offered the Heat’s 2015 pick (late 1st rounder) but the Lakers wanted one of the Cavs picks.

          • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

            right, the 1st rd pck is Cav’s pick which would mostly likely be in the top 15th pick.

          • Jim213

            Cavs have traded for Luol Deng, sources tell ESPN. The
            Cavs will send Andrew Bynum and a draft pick to the Bulls for Luol Deng.

            We we a new FO… SMH

          • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

            Man… that’s a slap in the face for the FO…. It seems we have lost the magic touch.

  • JohnSmith00

    I thought the Lakers and Cavs were working on a legitimate trade not a online fantasy one. But seriously though what the hell is wrong with the Lakers why all those assets and what the hell is wrong with asking for one additional asset. Like Bynum + a 1st round pick, Bynum + Dion Waiters, Bynum + Tristan Thompson?.

    • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

      they are trying to get the better of each ofther… but of the combination of players… I would like for the lakers to get Bynum + Tristan Thompson.and possibly a draft pick.

  • brandon

    Get waiters

  • dimes

    2 problems for lakers, stupid decision making of jim buss and the coaching style of dantoni I hope jim buss will give the position to her sister and i hope the lakers will sign either george karl or jerry sloan if phil will not coach anymore, this 2 coaches deserves to win a championship and i believe the lakers is the only organization that can give them the opportunity to create a great team,

  • petron_run&gun

    pau and mike d;antoni for bynum and mike brown…lol

  • Matt Williams

    Luol Deng just got traded for Bynum.

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