Cleceland, OH, United States (4E Sports) – The Los Angeles Lakers’ desire to get more assets from the Cleveland Cavaliers have kept their trade talks involving Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum from progressing.
To satisfy NBA trade rules, the Cavs would have to add at least one more player to any trade involving Gasol for Bynum, and the Lakers wanted a young prospect or a first-round draft pick.
The Cavs are reluctant to part with either as Gasol has not been at his best this season and there’s no guarantee he actually helps out before leaving in free agency next summer.
But they only have until Jan. 7 to trade Bynum before his contract becomes guaranteed and loses its instant value.
The Lakers (13-19), who have lost six games in a row, wanted Bynum’s team-friendly contract to save them more than $20 million in salary and luxury taxes.
There is some pressure for the Lakers to get out of the luxury tax to avoid triggering a “repeater tax” as they intend to be major free-agent players the next two summers.
But the Lakers also feel it is a bad time for them to part with Gasol given the wave of injuries that have hit the team.
Gasol, who is averaging 15.1 points, 9.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game on 44.3 percent shooting this season, wants to remain in Los Angeles, calling it his home.