Although it seems as if trade talks between the Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers for a Pau Gasol-Andrew Bynum swap have officially stalled, multiple league sources have confirmed that the Cavs, along with the Sacramento Kings, are among the most aggressive teams in pursuit of trades, according to NBA Insider for CBS Sports Ken Berger.
In his post, Berger goes on to say that the Cavs are still looking for a way to avoid paying Bynum the full $12.25 million season salary by dealing him or waiving him before Jan. 7, as a player needs two days to clear the waivers before the Jan. 10 deadline. The only other option for the Cavaliers would be to keep him and/or hope for a trade before the Feb. 20 trade deadline, but this would mean that a team would have to pick him up at a higher price than if they work out a deal for him before Jan. 7.
Also, even though a Bynum-Luol Deng deal was discussed with the Chicago Bulls, the Central Division rival made it clear that they weren’t interested and are trying to re-sign the starting small forward come the 2014 free agency period.
But, as reported by Yahoo! Sports NBA expert Adrian Wojnarowksi, the Cavaliers are still “mulling over” trades involving Bynum according to his Twitter account:
Cavs mulling a few trade scenarios for Andrew Bynum, with target of Monday to choose one. Unlikely Cavs send out significant asset w/ Bynum.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) January 3, 2014
So the Cavaliers have until 5 p.m. this upcoming Tuesday to save $6 million by trading or waiving the seven-footer. Which scenario–including keeping the center–do you think is most likely to happen? Sound off in the comment section below.