The NBA trade rumor season is upon us and the hot name at the moment is Cleveland Cavaliers center Andrew Bynum. It’s pretty clear that the Cav’s are going to move Bynum in one way or another before the deadline in February but to whom he’ll be moved is the big question. The Lakers have been in talks with the Cavs recently but another team has entered negotiations and it’s the Utah Jazz.
According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Jazz and Cavs are talking a swap that would include Andrew Bynum heading to Utah and Richard Jefferson heading to Cleveland. There are some who are doubting the legitimacy of the talks, but Stein insists that the Jazz are now players in the Andrew Bynum sweepstakes.
A deal with Utah that would send Jefferson to Cleveland and likewise allow the Jazz to acquire and waive Bynum before the other half of his $12.3 million salary this season becomes guaranteed is one of three primary options for the Cavaliers.
Talks aren’t progressing anywhere very fast but there is now the possibility of Bynum ending up in Utah. Cleveland no longer wants him and they are mulling as many as three offers for the center. Utah is a late arrival to the party, but they mustn’t be counted out just yet in talks to land Bynum.