The Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers are continuing to progress toward a deal that involves swapping Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum, according to Ramona Shelburne and Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com.
The Cavaliers are looking to complete the trade on Sunday as it would be done prior Bynum’s deadline on Tuesday that would make the remaining $6.3 million on his contract guaranteed. Another reason why Cleveland is looking to get a deal done as soon as possible is because it typically takes about 48 hours to have the players involved to get their physicals completed.
Los Angeles has been interested in this transaction as it would allow the them to free up a great amount of cap space heading into next offseason by sending Gasol’s $19 million expiring contract and by waiving Bynum once he is acquired in the deal. It would also help them avoid the luxury tax, which is something that they have dealt with for the last seven seasons.
Over the past two days the deal had appeared to hit a snag when the two teams could not agree on a set deal due to the Lakers desiring other assets in the trade, in particular a draft pick or a young player such as guard Dion Waiters. But on late Saturday night, it was reported that both teams were moving closer to a resolution.
Although progress has been made in the trade discussions, Los Angeles is believed to be weighing their options of either going through with the deal or keeping Gasol and making a final push this season when their injured players return to court.
But as time continues to go by with no deal appearing imminent, it is becoming more likely that the Lakers will go with the latter choice as Cleveland looks to be unwilling to include more assets in the deal. But with that said, plenty can still change within a short period of time.
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