May 1, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum (17) and power forward Pau Gasol (16) smile after a basket during game 2 of the Western Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the Staples Center against the Denver Nuggets. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

NBA trade rumors: Lakers, Cavaliers discussing Pau Gasol-Andrew Bynum swap

Since leaving the Los Angeles Lakers, center Andrew Bynum has had as little production as you can imagine for a talented big man. However, it looks like the Lakers are interested in potentially bringing him back to Los Angeles and they would be willing to swap out Pau Gasol in order to bring Bynum back to town.

According to reports, the Lakers and Cavaliers have discussed a potential trade that would send Gasol to Cleveland in exchange for Bynum.


No deal is believed to be imminent, but both sides are mulling it over ahead of a Jan. 7 deadline when the second half of Bynum’s $12.25 million salary would be guaranteed. The Cavs suspended Bynum for one game this weekend for conduct detrimental to the team and have excused him indefinitely from all activities, including games.

By trading Gasol in a package for Bynum and then waiving him, the injury-ravaged Lakers could save more than $20 million in salaries and luxury taxes, which could help them maintain financial flexibility heading into the next few summers. A Gasol-Bynum trade would have to include at least one other player and perhaps other assets from Cleveland.

Cleveland has not been shy about their interest in adding Gasol in past discussions, so it is no real surprise that they are still looking to acquire him via trade. What is the most interesting element of the trade talks is that Los Angeles would be interested in Bynum’s return.

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