Well, we thought this day would come ever since it became apparent that the Lakers had little to no intention of keeping Pau Gasol this offseason following the Kobe Bryant extension and now it is finally upon us. Rumors of a swap for Andrew Bynum's non-guaranteed deal and possibly other assets have been the rumor du jour in Laker Land recently and thanks to ESPN 710, we finally have something concrete in this regard:
BREAKING NEWS-League sources say Pau/Bynum deal is done and happening Sunday— ESPNLA 710 Radio (@ESPNLA710) January 5, 2014
Of course, such a story would not be complete without reports to the contrary, especially if it comes from the same news source, no less, so that means we have the following:
Lakers vehemently deny Pau trade is done. Vehemently deny. Aren't budging from stance that they want asset for Gasol— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) January 5, 2014
Cavs would love to get deal done Sunday. But NOT there yet. Lakers still looking for extra asset + Pau-for-Bynum alone doesn't work cap-wise— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) January 5, 2014
As noted, the Lakers aren't going to make this deal just for the financial savings they would incur by trading Pau for Bynum, so if it ultimately does, it is very likely that other assets will be included. Perhaps ESPN 710 just caught an excited source getting ahead of himself, but either way, it appears that the most recent Pau trade scenario is arriving at a quick conclusion.
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